Cast & Crew
Lovey Mary, who protects other children in an orphanage against the monitors, becomes a monitor herself when she grows older. After Maggie Duncan, formerly in the orphanage, brings her boy Tommy there to be reared, Mary grows so attached to him that she and Tommy run away when Maggie returns several years later. Upon meeting Dick Morgan, they flee again after Dick plans to take them back. Taken in by Mrs. Wiggs, who lives in the poorest part of town, called the "Cabbage Patch," and whose five children and numerous animals already strain her limited resources, Mary falls in love with Billy Wiggs. After the sheriff takes Tommy, Mary hears that Maggie is ill. While nursing Maggie, Mary learns that Dick, Tommy's father, feared he would be disinherited if he married Maggie. After convincing Dick to marry Maggie, Mary and Mrs. Wiggs' family are taken into the Morgan home. When Billy gets a good factory position, he and Mary decide to wed.
Hugh Ford also directed the original stage production, in which Mary Carr also played Mrs. Wiggs. For information regarding other adaptations of Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, please consult the entry for the 1914 film of the same name, directed by Harold Entwhistle and starring Beatriz Michelena (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20).