This film was made in Atlantic City and Betzwood shortly after Lubin closed his Jacksonville, Florida, comedy studio in order to save money. Billie Reeves got his start on the vaudeville stage in Fred Karno’s “Night In An English Music Hall,” the same company that launched the career of Charlie Chaplin. In fact Reeves originated the “drunken swell” routine that Chaplin eventually took over with great success at the Karno company. Fred Karno apparently had a knack for finding talent. Working along side Chaplin in London was a very young Stan Laurel. Lubin tried to capitalize on Reeves’s origins by advertising him as “The Original Drunk” and even “the Third Chaplin.”
In his film work Reeves utilized some of the same “Music Hall” devices and themes that Chaplin also drew upon in his early films—rude behavior, drunkenness, and broad slapstick humor. Some might say that any comparison with his more famous colleagues is likely to be unfavorable. But Billie Reeves proved to be a very popular Lubin star for two years. In A Ready-Made Maid, Billie portrays a tramp impersonating a house maid (the homeliest and most incompetent ever) and offers a typical sample of his work for Lubin.