Ruggles of Red Gap | Chicago Reader

Ruggles of Red Gap

A warm, elegant comedy (1935) by Leo McCarey, about an English butler (Charles Laughton) who suddenly finds himself in the wild west when an American wins him in a poker game. The locals look to him for a touch of European culture, but his greatest moment comes when he recites the Gettysburg Address to a barroom full of astonished cowboys. The cast—which includes Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, and ZaSu Pitts—shines under McCarey's relaxed, free-flowing direction.

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