Monday, July 27, 2015

Movies on the Air with Brian Hendrickson, Ruggles of Red Gap, the July 10, 1939 episode of Lux Radio Theater





Movies on the Air with Brian Hendrickson

Ruggles of Red Gap,
the July 10, 1939 episode
of Lux Radio Theater





Ruggles of Red Gap is a 1935 comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles and ZaSu Pitts, and featuring Roland Young and Leila Hyams. It was based on the best-selling 1915 novel by Harry Leon Wilson, adapted by Humphrey Pearson and with a screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Harlan Thompson. It is the story of a newly rich American couple from the West who win a British gentleman's gentleman in a poker game.

Host Brian Hendrickson presents the Ruggles of Red Gap, which was adapted as a radio play on the July 10, 1939 episode of Lux Radio Theater, with Charles Laughton, Charlie Ruggles and ZaSu Pitts.

It is streamed at http://www.bearmanorradio.com and podcast at http://www.waterlogg.com.


Charles Laughton & ZaSu Pitts
Charles Laughton 
Your BearManor curator Professor Ludwig Von Whatchamacallit (Fred Frees) travels in a van full of crazy Camp Waterlogg characters (created Joe Bev & Lorie Kellogg) in a series of improvised comic interstitials to introduce this month's line up!

Charles Laughton won the New York Film Critics' Circle Awards for Ruggles of Red Gap (along with Mutiny on the Bounty) in 1935. The National Board of Review named the film the ninth best of 1935. [That year, Laughton's other two films, Les Misérables and Mutiny on the Bounty were sixth and eighth on the list, respectively]. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and competed against two other Laughton films that were also nominated: Mutiny on the Bounty (which won the award) and Les Misérables.

Movie Stills
In 2014, Ruggles of Red Gap was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Harry Leon Wilson's novel, Ruggles of Red Gap, was adapted for the Broadway stage as a musical in 1915, the same year it was published, and was made into a silent film in 1918 and 1923 (the latter with Edward Everett Horton as Ruggles). A color musical version called Fancy Pants was released in 1950, starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.


Ruggles of Red Gap was later broadcast on the December 17, 1945 episode of The Screen Guild Theater and the June 8, 1946 episode of Academy Award Theater, all with Charles Laughton and Charlie Ruggles reprising their film parts.

There was also a television musical version on Producer's Showcase in 1957, starring Michael Redgrave, Peter Lawford, David Wayne, Jane Powell and Imogene Coca. The songs created by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. The cast album is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Ruggles-Red-1957-Television-Cast/dp/B00110YOAU




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