The third of four filmed versions of Alice Hegan Rice's 1901 novel "Mrs. Wiggs Of The Cabbage Patch" this 1934 entry is arguably the best of the group. Its stars are Pauline Lord in the first of her only two films before returning to her Broadway roots, Zasu Pitts in another of her trademarked befuddled roles and the great W.C. Fields in a role he purported to hate though his performance despite his limited screen time is typically wonderful Fields. The film likewise boasts appearances by a handful of familiar character faces including Donald Meek, Charles Middleton, Arthur Houseman and Dell Henderson.
As the term "original" when applied to a 16mm print tends to have multiple meanings I will rate this print similarly as it doesn't appear to be a dupe given its strong black and white saturation and overall excellent contrast. As such it was likely not a TV print as the gamma has not been reduced for broadcast as was the practice back when TV stations ran 16mm film through film chains. I suspect that this was a rental print which would likely have been the reason for this print's only real shortcoming, a fair number of splices. They are virtually all of the single to couple of frames variety and thus have no real impact on continuity or narrative. As a 50+ year film collector (not now or ever a broker dealing in something I neither know nor care little about) I can assure you that this print was cared for; each of the splices checked and as necessary fixed ensuring smooth projection. Likewise there is no curl, warp or sprocket damage requiring attention nor is there any sagging on takeup. While absence of odor is not necessarily an indication of absence of VS this print shows no indication of the issue.
Hairlike black lines are minimal and infrequent. The track is of the variable area (RCA) variety. I did find it necessary to replace a very few feet of footage just prior to the end title at the close of reel two. It was explained to me by the print's former owner that this tiny bit was missing though knowing that I could replace it I happily accepted the film as it was. All photos derive from this print.
$139.00 +$11.17 S&H U.S. Media mail rate. Intrenational shipping TBD.
Not a perfect print to be sure but is nonetheless a family pleaser which our family has enjoyed many times over the years. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.