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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Leo McCarey and produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..

Ruggles of Red Gap was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2014.

Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)

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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935): An All-American Gentleman’s Gentleman

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 29, 2021 From 4 Star Films

It’s Paris in the spring of 1908. The mumble-mouthed, rather sheepish Roland Young admits to his manservant Ruggles (Charles Laughton) he’s gone and lost him in a poker game. He was terribly good at the art of bluffing. A little too good as it were. The kicker is the folks he’s han... Read full article

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (3)

By Raquel Stecher on Oct 28, 2013 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) is a charming movie, adapted from the 1915 novel by Harry Leon Wilson which also became a popular Broadway show. Directed by Leo McCarey, a fine director who explored many social issues in his films, this Paramount movie has a superb cast including Charles Laughton, ZaSu Pi... Read full article

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (2)

By Angela on Aug 5, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

When Texas ranchers Egbert (Charlie Ruggles) and Effie Floud (Mary Boland) take a trip to Paris, they end up returning with butler Marmaduke Ruggles (Charles Laughton) in tow.? Egbert had won Ruggles from the Earl of Burnstead (Roland Young) in a poker game and the status-seeking Effie hopes having ... Read full article

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (1)

By Beatrice on May 14, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Ruggles of Red Gap Directed by Leo McCarey 1935/USA Paramount Pictures Repeat viewing This seldom mentioned treasure is one of the reasons I keep watching these old movies! ?It has a perfect cast, a wonderful script, and is expertly directed by Leo McCarey. The time is the Gay 90′s. ?The pla... Read full article

Favourite movies: Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

By Caftan Woman on Oct 14, 2011 From Caftan Woman

Charles Laughton as Marmaduke RugglesYou can call him "Bill" or "the Colonel" if you like.Some novels are meant to be seen as well as read. Harry Leon Wilson was successful in that way. His novel His Majesty, Bunker Bean was a Broadway play that was filmed three times in 1918, 1925 and 1936. Mert... Read full article

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Ruggles: I'm putting out your light grey, my Lord. There is something in the air this morning which calls for light grey, I think.

[the Earl is telling Ruggles why he'll be going to America with the Flouds]
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: His wife took quite a fancy to you... and, uh, so they... won you.
Ruggles: Won me, m'lord?
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: Oh, yes, yes, yes. We were playing this game of drawing poker, you see, and it seems there's a thing called 'bluffing'. Though I say it, myself, I'm particularly good at it.
Ruggles: Do I understand... that I was the stake, m'lord?
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: Oh, yes, yes, rather, yes. Yes, you see I didn't realize that they were bluffing, too. I, uh, I had three of the eights against a flush of clubs. So you really only lost by one eight.
Ruggles: Indeed, m'lord.
Earl of Burnstead, aka George: Oh, yes. I do hope you don't think I didn't lose you gamely as a gentleman should.

[Egbert is wearing a loud, checked suit]
Effie Floud: Take off those clothes.
Egbert Floud: No, sir, I won't do it! Effie, we might just as well have a showdown right here and now. What did Lincoln say at Gettysburg? Yeah, you don't know - well, I'll tell you. He said that all men are created equal. He didn't just mean a few men - he meant ALL men. And that includes me: I'm created equal.
Effie Floud: Equal to what?
Egbert Floud: Equal... equal to WHAT? Well, equal to... uh...
Egbert Floud: [to Ma Pettingill] ... She changed the subject on me.
Egbert Floud: [to Effie, recovering his train of thought] Men are created equal to women! That's why you have no right to order me around the way you do. Abe Lincoln said so.
Effie Floud: He also said, "You can fool some of the people some of the time and All of the people some of the time." But you can't fool me, Egbert Floud, ANY of the time... you striped bass!

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According to the autobiography of Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton's wife, Paramount bought the story and appointed Leo McCarey as director at Laughton's request. Before the film began shooting, Lanchester states, Laughton worked with McCarey and the film's writers on the script, and hired an old friend, 'Arthur MacRae', who later became a playwright in England, to add the "necessary Englishness" of Ruggles.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 17, 1945 with Charles Laughton and Charles Ruggles reprising their film roles.
Charles Laughton referred to his reading of the "Gettysburg Address" in the film as "one of the most moving things that ever happened to me" Laughton recited the address to the cast and crew of Mutiny on the Bounty on the last day of shooting on Catalina Island and again on the set of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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Released 1935
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Also produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr.

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