Lost But Not Forgotten

For this assignment, I chose to research about the movie Sandy, which was adapted from Alice Hegan Rice’s novel from 1905. The silent film came out in 1918 and was directed by George Melford. Some of the actors that took part in this film included Jack Pickford, Louise Huff, James Neill, Edythe Chapman, Julia Faye, and George Beranger. Unfortunately, this is one of those movies that has been lost with time, so I did not have the opportunity to watch it. Instead, I decided to watch a different film that was also adapted from one of Alice Hegan Rice’s novels called Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. This film was also distributed by Paramount Pictures, and since they were adapted from the same author, I thought that there would be some similarities in the way in which the film was made, which made it a good choice for this assignment.

An interesting point about Mrs. Wiggs and the Cabbage Patch is that, after the story was published as a novel by Alice Hegan Rice, it was adapted into a Broadway play. The play was written by Anne Crawford Flexner and was first performed in 1904.

As for the movie, there were four different versions that were aired. I decided to watch the one that came out in 1919, which was the second adaptation. This film was directed by Hugh Ford and the two main characters, Lovely Mary and Mrs. Nancy Wiggs, were played by Marguerite Clark and Mary Carr. Some of the other actors were Vivia Ogden, Gladys Valerie, Gareth Hughes, Jack McLean, Maud Hosford, Lawrence Johnson, and May McAvoy.

In this film, the story begins in an orphanage for girls. One of the girls decides to leave and ends up becoming pregnant. After a while, she returns to the orphanage and leaves the baby behind, because she is not able to care for him herself. Another one of the girls that lives at the orphanage, Lovely Mary, begins getting really attached to this baby, and when she finds out that his mother wants to come back for him, she immediately runs away with the kid so that they would not be separated. She ends up on a cabbage patch, as the name of the film suggests, where a woman shelters her and takes care of her. They grow very close and in the end, both Mary and the rest of the family in the cabbage patch learn from each other and become very connected through the experiences that they shared together.

I found this movie to be very interesting and comical, with a positive message to be taken from it. I especially admired the role that the little boy played in the personal growth of each of the rest of the characters. Because of him, the movie teaches the audience about compassion, generosity and the power of love for those we care about around us. I would give this film a fairly high rating, especially considering the fact that it was made in 1919, when film technology was not very advanced. For example, most of the shots were still shots, meaning that the camera did not pan across certain areas, and the film was in black and white and without sound. I thought this movie was quick paced and humorous, which made it an easy movie to watch. I think that these two aspects helped balance out the fact that it is a silent movie, which can become tiresome or tedious at times, and made it a more engaging and amusing film.

Below is a link to the movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKiLci0Hm2Q

Sources

“Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1919 Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Oct. 

2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Wiggs_of_the_Cabbage_Patch_(1919_film)#Cast.

“Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934 Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Nov. 

2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Wiggs_of_the_Cabbage_Patch_(1934_film).

“Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1919 Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Oct. 

2019, 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Wiggs_of_the_Cabbage_Patch_(1919_film)#/media/File:Mr

s_Wiggs_of_the_Cabbage_Patch_1919_newspaperad.jpg.

“Sandy (1918 Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 July 2019, 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_(1918_film).

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