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Director:
Writers:
Harry Leon Wilson (novel)
Walter DeLeon (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 March 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SH-H-H-H! TONIGHT'S YOUR NIGHT TO HOWL! And howl you will at this funniest of all comedies...
Plot:
An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Really good See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Ruggles

Mary Boland ... Effie Floud

Charles Ruggles ... Egbert Floud (as Charlie Ruggles)

Zasu Pitts ... Prunella Judson (as ZaSu Pitts)

Roland Young ... George--Earl of Burnstead

Leila Hyams ... Nell Kenner
Maude Eburne ... 'Ma' Pettingill
Lucien Littlefield ... Charles Belknap-Jackson
Leota Lorraine ... Mrs. Belknap-Jackson
James Burke ... Jeff Tuttle
Dell Henderson ... Sam
Clarence Wilson ... Jake Henshaw
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Dishwasher (uncredited)
Augusta Anderson ... Mrs. Wallaby (uncredited)
Alyce Ardell ... Lisette - French Maid (uncredited)
Harry Bernard ... Harry - Bartender #2 (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Photographer (uncredited)
George Burton ... Doc Squires (uncredited)
Ricardo Lord Cezon ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ... Chef #1 (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Waiter at the Grill (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Effie's Guest in Paris (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Myron Carey (uncredited)
Charles Fallon ... Max - Paris Cafe Waiter (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Judy Ballard (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Willie - Chinese Servant (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Clothing Salesman (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... Cook (uncredited)
Jane Kerr ... Cook (uncredited)
Lee Kohlmar ... Jailer at Red Gap (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Effie's Guest in Paris (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Diner at the Grill (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Barfly (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Milasch ... Driver (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Barfly (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Cook (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Station Agent (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Waiter at Carousel (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Curly - Cowboy (uncredited)
Frank Rice ... Hank Adams (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Fred - Diner at the Grill (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Barber in Paris (uncredited)
Genaro Spagnoli ... Frank - Cab Driver (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Clothing Salesman (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Libby - Servant (uncredited)
Jim Welch ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
William Welsh ... Eddie (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
 
Writing credits
Harry Leon Wilson (novel "Ruggles of Red Gap")

Walter DeLeon (screenplay) and
Harlan Thompson (screenplay)

Humphrey Pearson (adaptation)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Dmytryk (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Robert Odell (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A.F. Erickson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philip Wisdom .... sound (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: title music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 
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90 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Quotes:
Egbert Floud:[pouring champagne] What you want is... is... is... some more of this imprisoned laughter of the pleasant maids of France.See more »
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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Really good, 14 December 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

American comedy was at its strongest in the 1930s and '40s. Ruggles of Red Gap is a great representative of that era. There hasn't been an American movie in the past two, maybe three decades that's as funny as this one. Ruggles of Red Gap begins with one of the funniest premises imaginable: a British butler, Marmaduke Ruggles (Charles Laughton), is won from his lord (Roland Young) in a poker game by a wily American (Charlie Ruggles) whose pretentious wife (Mary Boland, Ruggles' constant co-star) wants the butler to teach him some manners. The first half-hour is easily the strongest section in the film, with Ruggles (I'll be referring to the actors) the fish-out-of-water in Paris, trying to sidestep his conniving wife and teach Laughton, steeped in the servant tradition, to let himself go and have some fun. When the two men are supposed to be at the Louvre, Ruggles drags his new manservant to a sidewalk establishment and orders them some beers. A fellow resident of Red Gap (the town in Washington State where Ruggles and Boland live, and to where they will later take Laughton) sees Ruggles there and they cause a huge scene with their Wild West antics. They even get poor Laughton drunk, for perhaps the first time in his life, and he learns the most useful of American phrases: "Yippee!" He also learns how to smile. Boland is at her strongest in the first section, as well. Her attempts to speak French are hilarious. "Trays amazing!" she bungles.

When the crew arrives in America, the film loses a bit of its steam, but not much. It has a great story, unlike many of the other great comedies being made at the time (which relied on caricatures like W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers), and that keeps it entertaining. Laughton is such a delight to behold, and he meets up with a lovely woman played by the undervalued character actress Zasu Pitts, best remembered for her neurotic wife role in Erich von Stroheim's 1925 masterpiece Greed. I have only seen her in two non-Greed movies, counting Ruggles of Red Gap, but she's obviously a huge comic talent. Laughton may be the star, but Charlie Ruggles, also a semi-forgotten comic master, steals the movie from him. Boland is funniest when the film is in Paris, but she's still pretty good afterwards. Another scene stealer is Roland Young. I love his mumbling way of speaking. He comes back later in the movie and has a great scene where he learns to play the drums. Leo McCarey is one of comedy's finest directors in comedy's finest era. What a wonderful film this is! 9/10.

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