If you are looking for a comedy about manners, poking fun at class pretensions among the newly-rich and the ennui of the upper crust, then Ruggles of Red Gap is the movie for you.
When he befriends Mrs. Judson, a widow, played by ZaSu Pitts, he impresses her with his culinary skills and she encourages him to open his own business. His secret inner desire for life begins to emerge with her encouragement and that of his friends.
The movie has predictable zaniness and madcappery and Charles Laughton is delightful in his multi-layered characterization of a stone-faced gentleman's gentleman with a secret inner life. His quiet recitation of the Gettysburg Address is a truly magic moment in the history of American cinema.
Previously filmed in 1918 and 1923, Ruggles of Red Gap achieved movie classic status when it was remade by Leo McCarey with this version in 1935, which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It was filmed for a fourth time in 1950 as the Bob Hope-Lucille Ball musical Fancy Pants.