Friday, May 9, 2014

Ruggles of Red Gap

I find that Ruggles of Red Gap is available as a free eBook. I haven't read the book but the 1935 film starring Charles Laughton in the title role is one of my favorite comedies.

IMDb describes the film thus:
While visiting Paris in 1908, upper class Lord Burnstead loses his butler playing poker. Egbert and Effie Floud bring Ruggles back to Red Gap, Washington. Effie wants to take advantage of Ruggles' upper class background to influence Egbert's hick lifestyle. However, Egbert is more interested in partying and he takes Ruggles to the local 'beer bust'. When word gets out that "Colonel Ruggles is staying with his close friends" in the local paper, the butler becomes a town celebrity. After befriending Mrs. Judson, a widow who he impresses with his culinary skills, Ruggles decides to strike out on his own and open a restaurant.
The film is also available as an Amazon Instant Video. The most famous scene in the film is probably this one:


By some accounts Charles Laughton would insist on reciting the Address to fellow cast members of every one of his subsequent films.