Ruggles of Red Gap

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Comedy

Ruggles of Red Gap

From left, Zasu Pitts, Charles Laughton, Charles Ruggles and Maude Eburne in Ruggles of Red Gap

 

Time Out says

Ruggles is a British butler (don't you know), Red Gap is the American shack of a town he comes to work in, having been won in a poker game. After initial incomprehension, he recites Lincoln's Gettysburg address and becomes the country's greatest fan. Sounds awful? Not so; this is the archetypal film they don't make any more, partly because comedy has now grown too raucous to favour the quiet drollery of players like Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland, partly because after the '30s even McCarey himself had problems in separating sentiment from sentimentality. Laughton, as always, enjoys himself enormously; we can only follow.
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UK release:

1935

Duration:

91 mins

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