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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 8 March 1935 (USA)
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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While rehearsing for this movie, Charles Laughton was hospitalized for several weeks for a rectal abscess. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over various silhouettes of a butler. See more »

Connections

Version of Producers' Showcase: Ruggles of Red Gap (1957) See more »

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You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline
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Music by Harry Armstrong
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A wonderful, winning film.
21 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Charles Laughton was an incomparable actor (did anyone else ever go over the top as much as he did, yet still give brilliant performances?), and he's at the peak of his form in this classic. Laughton is just right as the staid butler who is won in a poker game by a couple from the Old West, circa 1908. Everyone is excellent--Mary Boland and Charlie Ruggles were one of the more popular screen couples of the day, and you'll see why--but it is Laughton who steals the film. His recitation of the Gettysburg Address is a demonstration of his mastery. It should fall flat, but it plays beautifully. See it.


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