Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage patch

   Basing her three-act play on popular stories by Alice Hegan Rice, Anne Crawford Flexner crafted this good-natured comedy for a Liebler & Co. production. It opened on 3 September 1904 for 150 performances at the Savoy Theatre after a year-long national tour featuring Madge Carr Cook as the kindly Mrs. Wiggs, who brokers a relationship between a newspaper editor and a local girl, as well as the romance of her son Billy and an orphan girl. When her errant, alcoholic husband returns home after a long absence, the forgiving Mrs. Wiggs takes him back. Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch became a perennially popular touring vehicle during the first two decades of the 20th century and proved remarkably durable in motion picture adaptations, leading to no less than five versions between 1914 and 1942, notably the 1934 version, with Pauline Lord, W. C. Fields, and Zasu Pitts.

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