Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Charlie Ruggles, 1886-1970

Charles Laughton (l.) and Charlie Ruggles in Ruggles of Red Gap

Today marks the birth anniversary of character actor Charlie Ruggles, who was a character actor in a whole bunch of movies in the 1930s and 1940s. We don't get to see all that much of him on TCM, mostly because he worked a lot at Paramount, as in the above-pictured Ruggles of Red Gap (which I've actually blogged about twice, the second time not realizing I'd already done one. Ruggles is also the put-upon worker in the first sequence of If I Had a Million, a clerk in a china shop who uses his newfound million dollars to, well, you can probably guess. He does show up in Bringing Up Baby, however, and that one shows up on TCM often enough.

Supposedly, Ruggles' career in films goes all the way back to 1914, and an appearance in The Patchwork Girl of Oz. You try to find him:

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