Ruggles of Red Gap
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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 the Wild West, Ruggles' resolve is weakened somewhat when he and the raucous but… More

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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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Alternately charming and deeply touching."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Always charming without becoming gooey or cloying."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Fitting such a democratic film, there's no bad part here..."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The film's main asset is the strong comical performance of Charles Laughton as the straitlaced and very proper English butler Marmaduke Ruggles."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Laughton in one of his finest roles."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Leo McCarey's masterpiece is a schizo, slack-jawed, preemptive rejoinder to Frank Capra's saintly sober "everyman.""
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"What I can't understand is why this film ... isn't beloved as one of the all-time great comedies."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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