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"I'm crazy about the one with the big bangs. You know, those folded satchels under his eyes. He really sends me!" - 'Larraine' (SELF MADE MAIDS, 1950)

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Average Rating:     [7.50/10]   6 votes


Life's patsy Joe Bates (Joe DeRita) manages to destroy his kitchen before heading to work at his dress shop. Accidentally accosting a customer (Dorothy Granger), he runs afoul of her jealous fiancee (Dick Wessel). Assuming that Joe is a womanizer, Mrs. Bates (Christine McIntyre) leaves him and moves into the women-only Hotel Amazon. Hoping to win his wife back, Joe registers at the hotel in drag. But the woman from his dress shop also lives there, and Bates finds himself on the run from the boyfriend and a brutish hotel matron named Violet.


A remake of Andy Clyde's Columbia short A MAID MADE MAD (1943).

Emil Sitka filmed a brief scene as Mrs. Bates' lawyer, but it was not included in the released cut of the short.

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Joe DeRita (Solo)
Release Date
November 07, 1946
Production Type
Short Subject
16.8 min.
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Prod. No.:   4080
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1946-08-13   To: 1946-08-16

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  • "Here's one that didn't break."
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  • A remake of the 1943 Andy Clyde short A MAID MADE MAD. Monte Collins and Ellwood Ullman still share story credit.
    Source: SLAPPILY MARRIED (1946)
    Added by on 2010-11-24 11:10:19
    Status: Confirmed
    Team Stooge Comments: Other sources include viewing A MAID MADE MAD (1943).

    Story credits usually reference the original story/screenplay contributors, but not always; union requirements generally make this a studio's obligation.

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Posted 2011-02-01 12:34:54 by shemps#1
Edited 2011-02-01 12:36:29 by shemps#1
If this was the funniest of the DeRita Columbia solo shorts then I would hate to see the others. It's not that this a terrible short mind you, but it was by no stretch of the imagination funny. The talented supporting cast is bogged down by the charismatic abyss that is Joe DeRita. To compare it to Three Stooges shorts: Slappily Married would fall somewhere in line with a typical late Shemp era short that is heavily dependant on reusing footage from previous Shemp shorts. It is interesting to see DeRita sporting a Shemp-like hairstyle though....Shempy-Joe?

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Reviewer's Rating: (4)
Posted 2010-08-26 16:01:56 by [Deleted Member]
This was probably the funniest of the 4 two-reelers that Joe DeRita made from 1946-48. The kitchen scene offers a lot of fast-paced gags including the waffle iron. Dick Wessel is also good as the jelous husband. This was a remake of the Andy Clyde 1943 short "A Maid Made Mad".

Reviewer's Rating: (10)
Posted 2006-03-28 16:46:58 by Bangsmith
This is one of four solo shorts that Joe DeRita made for Columbia before becoming a Stooge. It seems that most people don't like him as Curly-Joe, but these shorts, and especially this one, show a much better side of him. In this short, Joe and his wife get their wires crossed with another couple next door, and Joe is naturally accused of philandering! His solo personality is not unlike Buster Keaton, but not quite as good. It's funny to see him with almost Shemp-style long hair! These four shorts are the only case of a Stooge doing better work on his own rather than as a Stooge.

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