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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

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Previously filmed in 1918 and 1923, Harry Leon Wilson's novel achieved movie classic status when it was remade by Leo McCarey in 1935. The story opens in Paris, circa 1908. Ruggles, beautifully underplayed by Charles Laughton, is the ultra-obedient manservant to the bibulous Earl of Burnstead (Roland Young). During one of the Earl's nocturnal forays, nouveau riche American cattle baron Egbert Floud (Charles Ruggles) wins Ruggles in a poker game. Terrified at the prospect of being bundled off to

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

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

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Fitting such a democratic film, there's no bad part here...

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Leo McCarey's masterpiece is a schizo, slack-jawed, preemptive rejoinder to Frank Capra's saintly sober "everyman."

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Alternately charming and deeply touching.

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

The film's main asset is the strong comical performance of Charles Laughton as the straitlaced and very proper English butler Marmaduke Ruggles.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Charles Laughton gives a splendid performance as a servant who quickly adopts the American Way of Life in Leo McCarey's savvy political comedy of 1935, a banner year for the Brit thespian in which he was also nominated for Mutiny on the Bounty.

July 12, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Always charming without becoming gooey or cloying.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Laughton in one of his finest roles.

August 15, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

What I can't understand is why this film ... isn't beloved as one of the all-time great comedies.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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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.
August 4, 2013
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jay nixon

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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
May 1, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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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.
March 5, 2014
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