in about 100 words or less
US 80m, B&W
Director: Norman Taurog; Cast: Pauline Lord, W.C. Fields, Zasu Pitts
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch is a “Thanksgiving” melodrama based on the 1901 Alice Hegan Rice novel of the same name about the story of a mother, Mrs. Wiggs, who struggles to look after her children while her husband is prospecting in the Klondike. The story plods along as we learn of Mrs. Wiggs’ infinite optimism, and the blessings of being poor, at least until Fields makes his appearance as Mr. C. Ellseworth Stubbins, a mail order husband. Unfortunately Fields’ appearance comes far too late in the film to save what is otherwise a maudlin production (Klaus Ming March 2015).