Comedy legend W.C. Fields stars as a touring actor in search of a wife in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. A struggling mother with five mouths to feed, Mrs. Wiggs (Pauline Lord) waits patiently for her husband, who has been gone for three long years, to return. Holding off creditors as best she can, Mrs. Wiggs still tries to look out for others including her spinster friend, Miss Hazy (ZaSu Pitts), who is determined to land a husband. Responding to her ad for a mail-order husband, Mr. Stubbins (Fields) arrives. However, when he demands a gourmet meal from a woman who does not know how to cook, it is one more problem for Mrs. Wiggs to resolve while she waits for her own husband to return.