Ruggles of Red Gap

Here is a great comedy novel [by Harry Leon Wilson] made into a delightful feature picture. The adaptation is literal in that it reproduces the effect of the original story with no forced interpolations and a full use of the material. The acting is a triumph of team work.

Cast:
Edward Everett Horton Ernest Torrence Lois Wilson Fritzi Ridgeway Charles Ogle Louise Dresser

Here is a great comedy novel [by Harry Leon Wilson] made into a delightful feature picture. The adaptation is literal in that it reproduces the effect of the original story with no forced interpolations and a full use of the material. The acting is a triumph of team work.

Ernest Torrance’s Cousin Egbert is a gem, a bit of comic characterization that hasn’t a suspicion of clowning. Edward Horton’s Ruggles is a fitting companion piece. This most British of British valets is almost as good fun in the film as was in the book.

One of the things that go to make the whole picture delightful is the absence of hokum. Ruggles is as far from the familiar comic picture of the English valet as could be. He is just an embarrassed automaton hedged about by his own class consciousness and prejudices and stunned by the strange people he is thrown among. He is actually a likeable human being.

Lois Wilson plays ‘the Kenner woman’ with her invariable charm while Louise Dresser is abundantly convincing as the formidable Mrs Ellie, wife and general manager of Cousin Egbert.

Ruggles of Red Gap

Production: Paramount. Director James Cruze; Screenplay Walter Woods, Anthony Coldeway; Camera Karl Brown

Crew: Silent. (B&W) Extract of a review from 1923. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: Edward Everett Horton Ernest Torrence Lois Wilson Fritzi Ridgeway Charles Ogle Louise Dresser

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