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219 Ratings

Ruggles of Red Gap

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1935
Comedy, Romance


An English valet brought to the American west assimilates into the American way of life.

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Ruggles of Red Gap Directed by Leo McCarey

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1936 | Nominee: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1935 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1936 | Winner: Best Actor

National Film Preservation Board

2014 | National Film Registry

The sentiment of down-to-earth American openness is one of promise, and delivered with such discomforting hilarity that I found myself uncertain whether to tear-up or break down in giggles at this personal favorite.
August 03, 2018
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Ruggles himself eventually learns the error of his own stereotyping ways: An early rear-projection gag reveals the nightmarish Wild West conception he has of America, one that he soon discovers is false. Ruggles’s recitation of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address—he, the foreigner, being the one man among full-blooded Americans in a Red Gap saloon who knows the speech by heart—remains a remarkable mix of savage satire and idealistic inspiration.
July 27, 2016
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There are few gentler or more remarkable studies of cross-cultural engagement than Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), a narrative feature generally considered to be the first film of McCarey’s strongest period. The film is challenging to summarize, in part because the principal characters are all developed richly enough for the tale to belong to any of them.
July 14, 2016
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