Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson

A humorous adventure about a British valet out of his element in a small Western town in the USA. Ruggles becomes the servant of an American couple after his employer uses him as a stake in a poker game. He travels to the West and is mistakenly identified as a wealthy Brit. He becomes a small town celebrity with many humorous twists in the plot.

Ruggles of Red Gap was initially serialized beginning December 26, 1914 in The Saturday Evening Post and became a best selling novel in 1915, adapted for the Broadway stage as a musical the same year and made into a film several times, most famously in 1935 starring Charles Laughton.

Ruggles of Red Gap
A Western rancher wins a British valet in a poker game.
Release Date: February 19, 1935
Release Time: 90 minutes

Charles Laughton as Ruggles
Mary Boland as Effie Floud
Charlie Ruggles as Egbert Floud
ZaSu Pitts as Mrs. Judson
Roland Young as Earl of Burnstead
Leila Hyams as Nell Kenner
Maude Eburne as "Ma" Pettingill
Lucien Littlefield as Charles Belknap-Jackson
Leota Lorraine as Mrs. Belknap-Jackson
James Burke as Jeff Tuttle
Dell Henderson as Sam
Clarence Wilson as Jake Henshaw

1935 Academy Awards
Best Picture -- Nominated

Fancy Pants
A wild West family wins a British valet in a poker game and passes him off as a nobleman.
Release Date: July 19, 1950
Release Time: 92 minutes

Bob Hope as Humphrey aka Arthur Tyler
Lucille Ball as Agatha Floud (singing voice was dubbed by Annette Warren)
Bruce Cabot as Cart Belknap
Jack Kirkwood as Mike Floud
Lea Penman as Effie Floud
Hugh French as George Van Basingwell
Eric Blore as Sir Wimbley
Joseph Vitale as Wampum
John Alexander as Teddy Roosevelt
Norma Varden as Lady Maude
Virginia Keiley as Rosalind
Colin Keith-Johnston as Twombley
Joe Wong as Wong


Fancy Pants

Author Bio:
Harry Leon Wilson (1867-1939) was born in Oregon, Illinois, the son of a newspaper publisher. In 1896, he began writing for Puck magazine in New York and became its editor in 1896-1902. With the success of a novel, The Spenders (1902), he resigned and devoted the rest of his life to writing. He is the author of 16 novels.

Collaborating with Booth Tarkington, he also co-wrote successful plays and two novellas. During 1919-1935, he was a frequent contributor to The Saturday Evening Post, and some of his stories were adapted to film. He lived much of his life in Carmel, California. Wilson is remembered today as a humorist whose novel, Ruggles of Red Gap (1915), was made into a Hollywood classic starring Charles Laughton.



Ruggles of Red Gap

Fancy Pants
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