Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)


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Movie Info

In this comedy, British butler Marmaduke Ruggles' employer bets him in a poker game with rugged American Egbert Floud -- and loses Ruggles service. Ruggles moves out with his new employer Egbert to a frontier town, where he falls in love with an old maid and has several comedic misadventures.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Leon Wilson, Walter DeLeon, Harlan Thompson, Humphrey Pearson, Walter de Leon
In Theaters:
MCA Universal Home Video


as Egbert Floud

as Effie Floud

as Egbert Floud

as Mrs. Judson

as George Van Bassingwe...

as Nell Kenner

as Ma Pettingill

as Charles Belknap-Jack...

as Mrs. Belknap-Jackson

as Jeff Tuttle

as Jake Henshaw

as Judy Ballard

as Mrs. Wallaby

as Dishwasher

as Mrs. Myron Carey

as Jake Henshaw

as Clothing Salesman

as Buck Squires

as Red Gap Jailer

as Bartender

as Lisette

as Barber

as Barfly

as Man in Saloon

as Chinese Servant

as Servant

as Clothing Salesman

as Photographer

as Frank Patron

as Waiter in Paris Cafe

as Frank the Cabman

as Waiter at Carousel

as Station Agent
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Critic Reviews for Ruggles of Red Gap

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With the egalitarian warmth of Jean Renoir (himself a huge fan of the film), director McCarey spoofs stereotypes while investing them with knowing asides.

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Time Out
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Fitting such a democratic film, there's no bad part here...

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Village Voice
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Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Ruggles of Red Gap

Five wonderfully distinctive performers, Laughton, Charlie Ruggles, ZaSu Pitts, Mary Boland and Roland Young get to strut their stuff to great effect in this sharp comedy.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

it makes me happy that there are still hidden gems of cinema to be turned up and i probably won't live long enough to find them all. until a few months ago i'd never even heard of this movie and i'm a laughton fan! it's an absolutely delightful comedy western about a proper english gentleman's gentleman whose master loses him in a poker game--to some nouveau-riche americans. soon ruggles is on his way to the wild west where the concept of a manservant is not quite obvious to everyone. at first aghast, ruggles soon adapts to life in a society where everyone is 'equal'. a great 'fish out of water' comedy and subversive commentary on american vs european values with a wonderful, nearly silent performance by laughton, who does most of his acting with facial expressions alone! let's hope this gets a dvd release soon; it certainly deserves one

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A joy to view and with Charles Laughton in a non serious role for a change. He obviously relishes the opportunity and his reactions to the change in his environment are memorable.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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