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Author Alice Hegan Rice was instrumental in securing Blanche Chapman, who played Mrs. Wiggs on stage, for the film. La Belle Carmen was a wire walker formerly with Barnum and Bailey. La Savillas were European tumblers. The film was originally to be released by the Alco Film Corp. on 30 Nov 1914, but because of Alco's financial difficulties it was not released until 31 Dec 1914, when World Film Corp. handled it. Paramount Pictures Corp. released a film based on Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in 1919. In Oct 1934, Paramount Productions released a new version of the 1901 novel, produced by Douglas MacLean, directed by Norman Taurog, and starring Pauline Lord, W. C. Fields, ZaSu Pitts, Evelyn Venable and Kent Taylor. In Oct 1942, Paramount released another version adaptation of the novel, produced and directed by Ralph Murphy and starring Fay Bainter. The 1926 M-G-M production Lovey Mary , directed by King Baggott and starring Bessie Love and William Haines was based soley on the novel Lovey Mary (see ... More Less

Author Alice Hegan Rice was instrumental in securing Blanche Chapman, who played Mrs. Wiggs on stage, for the film. La Belle Carmen was a wire walker formerly with Barnum and Bailey. La Savillas were European tumblers. The film was originally to be released by the Alco Film Corp. on 30 Nov 1914, but because of Alco's financial difficulties it was not released until 31 Dec 1914, when World Film Corp. handled it. Paramount Pictures Corp. released a film based on Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in 1919. In Oct 1934, Paramount Productions released a new version of the 1901 novel, produced by Douglas MacLean, directed by Norman Taurog, and starring Pauline Lord, W. C. Fields, ZaSu Pitts, Evelyn Venable and Kent Taylor. In Oct 1942, Paramount released another version adaptation of the novel, produced and directed by Ralph Murphy and starring Fay Bainter. The 1926 M-G-M production Lovey Mary , directed by King Baggott and starring Bessie Love and William Haines was based soley on the novel Lovey Mary (see entries). More Less

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DATE
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Motog
29 Aug 14
p. 305.
Motog
17 Oct 14
p. 536.
Motog
12 Dec 14
p. 802.
Motog
24 Jul 15
p. 62.
MPN
16 Jan 15
p. 44.
MPN
6 Feb 15
p. 60.
MPW
29 Aug 15
p. 1224.
MPW
5 Dec 14
pp. 1437-39.
MPW
9 Jan 15
p. 199.
NYDM
22 Jul 14
p. 22.
NYDM
2 Dec 14
p. 24.
Variety
1 Jan 15
p. 29.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice (New York, 1901) and the novel Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice (New York, 1903). Also based on the play Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice and Anne Crawford Flexner (New York, 3 Sep 1904).
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 December 1914
Copyright Claimant:
California Motion Picture Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1914
Copyright Number:
LU4072
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When his son Jack marries a circus performer, Colonel Vanderhurst disinherits him. Jack and his wife die, leaving their daughter, fourteen-year-old Lovey Mary, with Jack's sister, the wife of abusive circus owner King. After Hiram Wiggs and his wife resign as Vanderhurst's servants, Wiggs works at a plant and is befriended by Bob, the stepson of owner Murphy. Learning of Bob's sympathies with the striking workers, Stephen, Murphy's nephew, has him fired. Wiggs leaves his wife and five children and joins King's circus, marries bareback rider Cordelia, and they have a son, Tommy. After Vanderhurst names Mary as his heir, King substitutes his own daughter for her. Mary flees with Tommy, first seeking shelter with Bob, now junior partner to the Vanderhurst executor, and later in Mrs. Wiggs's cabbage patch. After King abducts Mary, Mrs. Wiggs opens Mary's locket and, recognizing the Vanderhurst portraits, notifies Bob, who rescues Mary. Although Bob is accused of killing Murphy, Stephen is proven guilty. When Cordelia dies while performing, Wiggs returns to his first wife. Mary plans to marry Bob, adopt Tommy, and keep Wiggs's bigamy ... +


When his son Jack marries a circus performer, Colonel Vanderhurst disinherits him. Jack and his wife die, leaving their daughter, fourteen-year-old Lovey Mary, with Jack's sister, the wife of abusive circus owner King. After Hiram Wiggs and his wife resign as Vanderhurst's servants, Wiggs works at a plant and is befriended by Bob, the stepson of owner Murphy. Learning of Bob's sympathies with the striking workers, Stephen, Murphy's nephew, has him fired. Wiggs leaves his wife and five children and joins King's circus, marries bareback rider Cordelia, and they have a son, Tommy. After Vanderhurst names Mary as his heir, King substitutes his own daughter for her. Mary flees with Tommy, first seeking shelter with Bob, now junior partner to the Vanderhurst executor, and later in Mrs. Wiggs's cabbage patch. After King abducts Mary, Mrs. Wiggs opens Mary's locket and, recognizing the Vanderhurst portraits, notifies Bob, who rescues Mary. Although Bob is accused of killing Murphy, Stephen is proven guilty. When Cordelia dies while performing, Wiggs returns to his first wife. Mary plans to marry Bob, adopt Tommy, and keep Wiggs's bigamy secret. +

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Carnival/Circus


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