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Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  October 1942 (USA)
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In the shanty town called the Cabbage Patch, Mrs. Wiggs scrabbles for survival with her brood of children and hopes for the return of her husband, who left many years before.


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Complete credited cast:
Fay Bainter ...
Carolyn Lee ...
Marcus Throckmorton
Barbara Jo Allen ...
Tabitha Hazy (as Vera Vague)
Barbara Britton ...
Lucy Olcott
Betty Brewer ...
Asia Wiggs
Moroni Olsen ...
Dr. Olcott
Billy Wiggs
Mary Thomas ...
Australia Wiggs
Billy Lee ...
Jimmy Wiggs
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Olcott
Clem Bevans ...


In the shanty town called the Cabbage Patch, Mrs. Wiggs scrabbles for survival with her brood of children and hopes for the return of her husband, who left many years before. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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All it is missing is the violin and one of the heroines tied to the railroad tracks.
29 August 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of the corniest melodramas ever made and re-made, this tale of an abandoned wife (Fay Bainter) raising her many children in a shanty town and all the suffering she goes through to make sure that bread is on the table is a step above too much. This version is extremely rare, overshadowed by its first talkie version, and the plight of the mother really seems secondary to that of her spinster friend Vera Vague who is seemingly being taken in by a con-artist and possible bigamist (Hugh Herbert). Bainter, one of the best character actresses of the 30's and 40's, seems to speak her lines in a monotone, and the impact of her reacting to each plight she goes through can sometimes be a bit much. Like the 1934 version where Zasu Pitts and W.C. Fields were paired as the secondary couple, it is Vague and Herbert who attract more attention here, their comic relief quite welcome to the constant turmoils going on in the Whiggs family.

The young actors who play the children (amongst them Carolyn Lee and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer) avoid becoming cloying, although they don't seem to be playing youngsters rather than children who just happen to be around. One of the key scenes has three nosy, if well-meaning, society ladies threatening to take the children away from Ma Bainter at Thanksgiving time, and this is when she finally steps up and shows some spunk. Movies like this, "Mother Carey's Chickens", "The Way of All Flesh" and "The Villain Still Pursued Her" sometimes feel like rip-offs of "Little Women" and don't contain the same emotional impact as that Louisa May Alcott classic.

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