Tuesday, 26 February
RUGGLES OF RED GAP USA 1935
The great Charles Laughton found one of his most iconic roles in Ruggles of Red Gap a wryly humorous tapestry of the American West at the turn of the 20th century. When the Earl of Burnstead transfers the services of Ruggles (Laughton), his immaculate English valet, to Egbert Floud, a wealthy, brash American, the repercussions prove more dramatic than anyone could have anticipated. Relocating to Red Gap, Washington, Ruggles slowly overcomes his disconcertment as he encounters new alliances, enemies, the route to independence, and, possibly, love. A riotous clash between the Old World and the New, McCarey's legendary comic instincts combine with his customary tender respect to make one of the most glorious and enduring comedies of classical Hollywood. – Masters of Cinema.