Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (February 16, 1919)
Released on February 16, 1919: A young orphan runs away from the orphanage with the illegitimate baby of another orphan and finds a home with Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch.
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Directed by Hugh Ford
Written by Alice Hegan Rice with screenplay by Anne Crawford Flexner and Eve Unsell
The Actors: Marguerite Clark (Lovey Mary), Mary Carr (Mrs. Nancy Wiggs), Vivia Ogden (Miss Tabitha Hazy), Gladys Valerie (Maggie Duncan), Gareth Hughes (Billy Wiggs), Jack McLean (Dick Morgan), Maud Hosford (Mrs. 'Phroney Morgan), Lawrence Johnson (Tommy), May McAvoy (Australy Wiggs), Anita Brown (Mrs. Shultz), Mary Davis (Mrs. Eichorn), Lola Hernandez (Asia Wiggs), Robert Milasch (Hiram Stubbins), Marian Stewart (baby Wiggs), Wanda Valle (Europena Wiggs)
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The Orphan Girl and the Illegitimate Baby Boy
In 1916 a fifteen-year-old boy went to the movies and watched a story called Snow White. The young lad’s name was Walt Disney, and he was so taken by the story and by the actress who played the part of Snow White in that silent movie that in 1937 when Walt Disney produced his first full length animated motion picture, he hired that actress to model for the cartoon image of Snow White.
Marguerite Clark was born in a little town outside Lima, Ohio in 1883, and when she played the young teenage leading lady in this silent feel-good soap opera drama, she was 36 years old. With her baby-doll face and a body that only weighed 90 pounds, it isn’t difficult to imagine her as a young teenage girl.
Marguerite Clark came from success on Broadway to the first motion pictures, and her fame as the girl that every guy wanted was exceeded only by Mary Pickford during the first decades of movies. In this story, she is a young orphan who doesn’t get along with one of the other girls. The other girl runs away from the orphanage and doesn’t return until two years later, with a baby boy that she had out of wedlock.
The unwed mother leaves her baby at the orphanage and our heroine is put in charge of the baby’s care. All is well until one day the unwed mother returns for her child, and orphan Mary, who has cared for the baby like it was her own, decides to run away from the orphanage with the baby and try to survive in the cruel, hard world. Fortunately, she and the baby are discovered by a widow lady living with her large family in a slum town called Cabbage Patch.
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch teaches us that having a loving family is more than wealth and prosperity. All is well again, until the day that baby Tommy is torn from young Mary’s arms and returned to the unwed mother. Fortunately, this is not the end of the story, but just the point where things get very interesting, as events quickly begin to unfold. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Marguerite Clark and Gareth Hughes
Maud Hosford and Marguerite Clark
Viva Ogden and Mary Carr