Perhaps because I have an inordinate fondness for MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE books by Betty MacDonald and perhaps because she wrote the book THE EGG AND I too, I was primed to love this movie as a kid and I did. I also had a fondness for Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, which didn't hurt my chances of loving it.
Bob and Betty are two city slickers. After the war, Bob decides to make his living raising chickens. Farm life has its challenges, especially for Betty who is used to silk stockings and taxi cabs. This has all the sort of scenes you might expected. It is aided by the great Marjorie Mann (Ma Kettle).
MacDonald wrote the screenplay and Chester Erskine directed. And while looking at it on IMDB I discovered there was a brief MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE series in the nineties starring Jean Stapleton. Sorry I missed it.
Read a book by a forgotten writer whose work you have never read before.
Coming February 2018
HUNGER, Roxane Gay THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne LOVING DAY, Mat Johnson THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS, Michael Robotham HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. Vance SUNBURN, Laura Lippman THE SISTERS CHASE, Sarah Healy IN A LONELY PLACE, Dorothy L Hughes UNDER THE HARROW, Flynn Berry MORNINGSTAR, Ann Hood THE RED NOTEBOOK, Antoine Laurain A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, Amor Towles LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, Celeste Ng LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK, Kathleen Mooney THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, Louise Penney
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.