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The crazy life story of James Finlayson

A Clean-up on the Curb

James Finlayson played the part of a street cleaner in this Rosco Ates RKO comedy two-reeler, which was directed by Lloyd French and released on 12 Sep 1931.1 The film’s title … Continue reading

February 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tell It To A Policeman

James Finlayson, comedian at the Hal Roach studio, reported to the police yesterday an attack on him by a robber, who he beat off. Finlayson said he left the apartment … Continue reading

December 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Village Smithy

This 1919 silent film comedy features James Finlayson as a blacksmith. With Louise Fazenda, Chester Conklin and Phyllis Haver (also a small cameo from Ben Turpin). Mack Sennett two-reeler. Directed … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Men O’ War

United States Draft Registration Cards are a useful genealogy resource. They are freely viewable at FamilySearch, both for World War One and Two. World War One James’ U.S. WWI Draft … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Whole Truth

Some websites claim that James Finlayson went to George Watson’s school in Edinburgh and then on to Edinburgh University where he apparently dropped out. However, no source is given for … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment