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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  8 March 1935 (USA)
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An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life.

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Egbert Floud (as Charlie Ruggles)
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Prunella Judson (as ZaSu Pitts)
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While visiting Paris in 1908, upper class Lord Burnstead loses his butler playing poker. Egbert and Effie Floud bring Ruggles back to Red Gap, Washington. Effie wants to take advantage of Ruggles' upper class background to influence Egbert's hick lifestyle. However, Egbert is more interested in partying and he takes Ruggles to the local 'beer bust'. When word gets out that "Colonel Ruggles is staying with his close friends" in the local paper, the butler becomes a town celebrity. After befriending Mrs. Judson, a widow who he impresses with his culinary skills, Ruggles decides to strike out on his own and open a restaurant. His transition from servant to independent man will depend on its success. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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SH-H-H-H! TONIGHT'S YOUR NIGHT TO HOWL! And howl you will at this funniest of all comedies...

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8 March 1935 (USA)  »

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Det begyndte i Paris  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Charles Laughton personally chose Leo McCarey to direct the film. He wanted his first comedic role to be in the hands of a master of comedy and, seeing as McCarey had directed the Marx Brothers success, Duck Soup (1933), he was eminently qualified. See more »

Quotes

Ruggles: Oh, no. Always bring the pot to the kettle - never bring the kettle to the pot.
Prunella Judson: Listen, Colonel, I've been making tea for longer than I can remember.
Ruggles: Don't let's get into difficulties about this. But you must listen to an Englishman about tea. If it were coffee I should be your pupil. Where making tea - and WHEN making tea - always bring the pot to the kettle and NEVER bring the kettle to the pot.
Prunella Judson: Oh, Colonel, your knowledge is surprising.
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Version of Fancy Pants (1950) See more »

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Quintet in E Major, Op.13(11) No. 5, Minuet
(uncredited)
Music by Luigi Boccherinia
Played before the dinner for the Earl of Burnstead
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Charles Laughton: one of the best ever.
17 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought I saw everything until I saw Charles Laughton do comedy. His range is phenomenal. In one film he is playing Captain Bligh, and here he plays a shy, insecure British butler who ends up out west. Some scenes, although subtle, are hilarious. Laughton, besides being an actor, gave performances in oral reading and recital. Here he does a recital of the Gettysburg Address that is just fantastic. I mean, who would think something every grade school kid had to memorize could be moving. But it is. This movie is for anyone who really appreciates a truly gifted actor.


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