Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) starring Ann Sothern, Red Skelton
In Maisie Gets Her Man, Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Ravier in this seventh entry in the “Maisie” series — here, vaudeville performer Maisie has to leave the knife-throwing act when her partner, “Professor Orco” is jilted by his girlfriend, and decides to take his revenge out on all women … starting with Maisie, the target of his knives! Orco throwing knives at her is a very funny scene, that ends Maisie running away from the mad Orco, only end up to knocking him silly … and leaving herself unemployed once again.
After two weeks, Hap and Maisie have their first performance together — despite Hap’s bravado, it will be his first public performance. In their office, Hap receives a letter from home … from Elsie, the girl that he’s engaged to. The audience is treated to Hap’s act, complete with corny jokes — but still funny — as they rehearse. That night, as Hap goes on stage for the first time, he has a massive case of stage fright, and the act bombs — badly. Hap runs off the stage, and is nowhere to be found. Mr. Denningham was in the audience, and he mentions to Maisie how fond he is of Hap, and how he’d be happy to have Hap work for him.
Back at the office, Maisie finally finds Hap safe and sound after searching all over Chicago. Hap is despondent, having had his dream shattered; after a discussion between the two, she has Hap phone Mr. Denningham, who offers him a position at the office. Hap accepts, and even gets Maisie as job there as well. The audience is then treated to a scene of Mr. Denningham, who’s making bathtub gin and bottling it as his “health water” — which both Hap and Maisie are unaware.
While inebriated, Hap and Maisie realize that they’re in love, and Hap decides to break off his engagement with the girl back home. The next forming at the office, a now-sober Hap plans to call his fiancée back home and break up their engagement … only for the fiancée and her mother to walk in, wanting to have the wedding that very day. A heartbroken Maisie walks out … and misses seeing the police arriving to arrest both Denningham and Hap.
Maisie goes back into show business, and is performing in Atlanta, where she sees Denningham. She calls Pappy, and finds out that Denningham was a crook, and that Hap has been arrested (but is out on bail). She asks Pappy to contact the police in order to get Hap out of trouble … and it’s obvious that she still has feelings for Hap. She dances with Denningham, trying to convince him that she’s also a con artist, and brings him back to her hotel room, trying to detain Denningham while she waits for the police to arrive, which they do — and promptly arrest Denningham, which should clear Hap’s name.
Maisie Gets Her Man is a very enjoyable entry in the Maisie series, and I highly recommend it.
Funny quotes from Maisie Gets Her Man
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): No, he ain’t no college professor, he’s a knife thrower!
Hap Hixby (Red Skelton): Don’t leave now, you’re missing the best part!
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): Am I? That’s the first break I’ve had today!
Pappy Goodring (Allen Jenkins): [referring to Red Skelton] Friend of yours?
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): Uh-uh. I take my corn with lima beans.
Hap Hixby (Red Skelton): He thinks I’m like the cross-eyed man who was arrested for burglary — he just looks crooked.
Hap Hixby (Red Skelton): Hey, why don’t you join my act? With your brains and my looks, we’d be a sensation. Just say the word.
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): Just say the word.
Hap Hixby (Red Skelton): Just say the word …
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): Uh-uh. I’ve always been a clean-spoken girl.
Hap Hixby (Red Skelton): You can’t quit show business! Vaudeville’s in your blood!
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): In my blood? So that’s where it went.
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern): Oh, Hap, get out of the corn field.
Jasper: The blue plate special; it’s good today — it’s got meat in it.
Hap Hixby (Red Skelton) [inebriated]: Would you like me if I was stupid?
Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern) [inebriated]: Well, don’t I?
Originally published at Red Skelton, used with permission