Ruggles of Red Gap
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 8, 1935
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It's a bit much, but it works like magic. The cast could hardly be better

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Leo McCarey's masterpiece is a schizo, slack-jawed, preemptive rejoinder to Frank Capra's saintly sober "everyman."

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Alternately charming and deeply touching.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Always charming without becoming gooey or cloying.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Fitting such a democratic film, there's no bad part here...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Laughton in one of his finest roles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Five wonderfully distinctive performers, Laughton, Charlie Ruggles, ZaSu Pitts, Mary Boland and Roland Young get to strut their stuff to great effect in this… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
John Ballantine
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… More