Production Information
Title: Self-Made MaidsStudio: ColumbiaShort Number: 124
Release Date: July 6, 1950
Running Time: 15:47

“I’m crazy about the one with the big bangs. You know, those folded satchels under his eyes. He really sends me!”

Short Take

The Three Stooges are artists who fall in love with three models, Larraine, Moella and Shempetta. The short begins with the three models getting ready for their portrait sitting. After they are finished, they do not want to be late and begin to skip out of the door. Larraine and Shempetta crash into the wall while Moella falls into the next room.

At the studio, The Stooges accidentally ruin each other’s work but calm down when the models arrive. The models agree to their proposals, and they go to ask their father for their hands in marriage. The Stooges bump into the models’ father, but do not know his identity. He gets mad at them, but The Stooges get even with their usual style. The models’ father later denies their proposal request when he recognizes them as the “hoodlums” who accosted him earlier. After a wild chase around the house, The Stooges catch him and tickle his feet until he changes his mind. Eventually, he agrees, and The boys marry their girls. Later, all three couples finally have a baby of their own.

Self-Made Maids Cast & Crew

Directed byJules White
Produced byJules White
Written byFelix Adler
StarringMoe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
CinematographyVincent J. Farrar
Edited byEdwin H. Bryant

Self-Made Maids

  • This is one of two Stooge films that does not have a supporting cast
  • Moe’s high heel slipped while skipping (in the opening scene), resulting in a sprained ankle
  • The Boys all play themselves, a second character in drag, and their children
  • The couple arrangement is Larry & Moella; Shemp & Larraine; Moe & Shempetta

Production Notes

  • Filmed March 14, 1949 to March 17, 1949.
  • Split-screen and matte photographic techniques, used experimentally in Dunked in the Deep, determined how this film looks. The split screen technique, used for every scene in which The Stooges and the Stoogettes appear together, necessitated that The Stooges appear on one side of the frame, the Stoogettes on the other.