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The Wiggs family plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in their rundown shack with leftover stew, without Mr. Wiggs who wandered off long ago an has never been heard from. Do-gooder Miss Lucy brings them a real feast. Her boyfriend Bob arranges to take Wiggs' sick boy to a hospital. Their other boy makes some money peddling kindling and takes the family to a show. Mrs. Wiggs is called to the hopsital just in time to see her boy die. Her neighbor Miss Mazy wants to marry Mr. Stubbins who insists on tasting her cooking. Mrs. Wiggs sneaks her dishes past Stubbins who agrees to marriage. Mr. Wiggs appears suddenly, in tatters, with just the amount of money (twenty dollars) needed to save the family from foreclosure. Miss Lucy and Bob get married. Written by
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And we paid a dollar for him. If he's gone and died on you, we'll get that dollar back.
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Uneven melodrama, but it ends up being fairly good
Pauline Lord plays Mrs. Wiggs, a poor, single mother whose husband is supposedly up looking for gold in the Klondike. She has five children, one of whom is very sickly. They have almost no money and their landlord is about to give them the boot, but luckily a benevolent rich couple takes an interest in them. Sometimes the relationship between the Wiggs and these two works out well. The couple's deeds seem sincere most of the time. But at odd times their behavior seems, well, not reprehensible, exactly, but questionable. It's almost as if they're treating the Wiggs as pets. How should we feel when the woman, Lucy, brings them a couple of baskets containing Thanksgiving dinner. Nice, yes, but does Lucy really have to be wearing a $5000 outfit made almost exclusively of fox fur? I suppose this element didn't mean anything to those who were suffering through the Depression: Lucy was nice and that's that. From this vantage point, though, I don't know; my knee jerked a little. The melodrama kind of fades near the end as good ol' W.C. Fields wanders into the picture. He plays a sort of a mail-order husband to Mrs. Wiggs' neighbor, Ms. Hazy (well played by Greed star Zasu Pitts). Fields is as humorous as ever, and there's a very amusing scene where the Wiggs family helps Ms. Hazy trick him into thinking she's a great cook. Donald Meek (best known as the whiskey salesman from Stagecoach a few years later) shows up in a quick role that doesn't work out too well. 7/10.
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