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Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch(1934)

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According to a 1931 news item in Film Daily, Agnes Christine Johnston was signed to write dialogue and character material for a production of Mrs. Wiggs and the Cabbage Patch, however, no later news items or reviews mention her and the extent of her contribution to the film produced in 1934 has not been determined. Film Daily also noted in 1931 that Junior Durkin and Charlotte Henry were initially slated to appear in the film. This film marks Pauline Lord's screen debut. The "Glow Worm Ballet," which was performed in the vaudeville theatre scene, was staged by LeRoy Prinz. A photograph of Fields as a young man that was used in the film was, according to the pressbook, "an art study made of himself in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was a tramp juggler." Press reports also note that the shantytown was built in Calabasas, and a news item in Daily Variety notes that some scenes were filmed at Lasky Mesa, CA. The following songs were heard in part in the film: "The Glow-Worm," English words by Lilla Cayley Robinson, German words and music by Paul Lincke; "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie," words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Harry Von Tilzer; "Listen to the Mockingbird," words and music by Alice Hawthorne; "Old Folks at Home," words and music by Stephen Foster; and traditional Scottish ballad "Comin' Thro' the Rye," words by Robert Burns. Actress Mary McLaren was identified in a production still from the film, but her appearance in the released film has not been determined. According to a modern source, Fields seriously injured his ankle prior to production, and was in pain during filming. Modern sources add Tyler Brooke (Ticket taker) and Ann Sheridan to the cast. Other films produced by Paramount based on Rice and Flexner's play and titled Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, are the 1919 production, directed by Hugh Ford and starring Marguerite Clark and Mary Carr (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3007), and the 1942 production, directed by Ralph Murphy and starring Fay Bainter and Hugh Herbert.