Ruggles of Red Gap

Synopsis: 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. His transition from servant to independent man will depend on its success.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Leo McCarey
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

- Oh, what's that?

- Ten o'clock, my lord.

Anything wrong, my lord?

Everything's wrong.

- Shellfish again for supper, my lord?

- Mm, what of it?

You know what they do

to your digestion, my lord.

They don't do a thing to my digestion.

- No, my lord?

- No.

If you want to know, I had oysters and

lobsters and sherry and champagne.

Quite, my lord.

I had dinner and spent the evening

with Mr and Mrs Floud.

- The Americans, my lord?

- Yes.

They taught me their native game

of, um...drawing poker.

- Quite a 'orrible experience, my lord.

- Yes, it was.

I am putting out your light grey,

my lord.

There is something

in the air this morning

- which calls for light grey, I think.

- Mm, possibly.

- What's all this mess?

- I'm packin' up.

We're goin' home, Effie.

I can be pushed just so far and no further.

Egbert, get dressed.

I'm sending you over to fetch Ruggles.

Now look-a-here!

I ain't gonna have no English valet.

- Oh, yes, you are.

- No, I ain't.

I got about as much use for one of them

as a pig has for side pockets.

I'm going to turn you into a gentleman

if it kills me.

Well, you can't do it by hirin' a man

to give me a bath and dress me.

I can button myself up.

I been doin' it for years.

You don't seem to realise

what this would mean to us socially.

- How? How socially?

- Why, in Red Gap.

It will give us, er...tone, joie de vivre.

What's that?

To have him there.

Havin' who?

Effie, you ain't aimin' on taking Ruggles

to Red Gap?

I certainly am.

Egbert, get your clothes on.

Now look-a-here, Effie.

I can be pushed just so far and no further.

Egbert. Get your clothes on.

Well, why? Why?


Ruggles, how are you

about, er...shocks?

- Shocks, my lord?

- Yes, you know, shocks. Upheavals.'ve always stood up under them

pretty well, haven't you?

- I trust I have, my lord.

- Yes, I remember. were very firm

with that Spanish girl.

- She was a dancer, wasn't she?

- Quite so, my lord.

Yes, unaccountable number

of Spanish dancers in Madrid.

Rather more than in most places

we've been, my lord.

- Ah, yes.

- Rather a pippin, wasn't she?

- Oh, rather, yes.

- Prettier than the typist person.

Oh, much, yes.

Yes, I nearly chucked everything

and went to...went to America with her.

America would never do for you,

my lord.

I don't know. A lot of opportunities

over there, the right kind of fellow.

I... You'll do very well for yourself

there, I think, Ruggles.

Me, my lord?

Oh, yes. Yes, I forgot to tell you.

You''re going out to America.

America, my lord?

A country of slavery.

Oh, that's all finished, I believe.

Some fellow called Pocahontas

or something

did something about it or...or other.

- Indeed, my lord?

- Mm.

Would it be North or South America,

my lord?

Oh. Oh, North, I think it is.

Somewhere on the West Coast.

Idaho or Omaha,

one of those Indian places.

- The chap's a sort of a millionaire.

- The chap, my lord?

Yes, plenty of money, you know.

Mines, lumber,

domestic animals and that sort of thing.

His wife took quite a fancy to you

and, they've...

won you.

- Won me, my lord?

- Oh, yes.

Yes, yes. We were playing this game

of drawing poker, you see.

It seems there's a thing called bluffing

and, though I say it myself,

I'm particularly good at it.

Do I understand...

...that I was the stake, my lord?

Oh, yes, yes. Rather, yes.

Ha-ha. Yes. You see, I didn't realise

that they were bluffing too.

I...I had three of the eights

against a flush of clubs.

So, you really only lost by one eight.

Rate this script:(5.00 / 1 vote)

Walter DeLeon

Walter DeLeon (May 3, 1884 – August 1, 1947) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 69 films that were released between 1921 and 1953, and acted in one film. He was born in Oakland, California, and died in Los Angeles, California. more…

All Walter DeLeon scripts | Walter DeLeon Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Ruggles of Red Gap" STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 12 Aug. 2022. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.