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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) (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

Ruggles of Red Gap

By Alyson on May 26, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

While visiting Paris in 1908, an American couple wins an English butler, Ruggles (Charles Laughton), in a game of poker. The wife, Effie Floud (Mary Boland), hopes that giving her husband, Egbert Floud (Charles Ruggles), a personal manservant will help him rise into a more sophisticated lifestyle th... Read full article

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Quotes from

Egbert Floud: I ain't gonna have no English valet.
Effie Floud: Oh, yes you are.
Egbert Floud: No, I ain't! I got about as much use for one of them as a pig has for side pockets.

[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 Floud: [pouring champagne] What you want is... is... is... some more of this imprisoned laughter of the pleasant maids of France.

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Facts about

While rehearsing for this movie, Charles Laughton was hospitalized for several weeks for a rectal abscess.
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.
"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.
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Released 1935
Inducted 2014

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