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Roughest Africa

James Finlayson in ROUGHEST AFRICA (1923)1923 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as ‘Lieut. Hans Downe’.
Starring Stan Laurel as ‘Prof. Stanislaus Laurello’ and also briefly featuring Katherine Grant as ‘Mrs. Laurello’. Directed by Ralph Ceder. Produced by Hal Roach. Released 30 Sep 1923.

James Finlayson in ROUGHEST AFRICA (1923)The film was a burlesque of the jungle adventure documentaries by Martin and Osa Johnson (e.g. 1921’s TRAILING AFRICAN WILD ANIMALS) and H.A. Snow (e.g. 1922’s HUNTING BIG GAME IN AFRICA WITH GUN AND CAMERA). It was the first in a series of such spoofs partnering James with Stan, the second being FROZEN HEARTS and the third being THE SOILERS.

Source: Tullar's Weekly, 5 May 1924, p. 3
Source: Tullar’s Weekly, 5 May 1924, p. 3
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Short Kilts

James Finlayson in Short Kilts

1924 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as ‘McGregor’s son’.
Starring Stan Laurel. Directed by George Jeske. Produced by Hal Roach. Distributed by Pathé. Released 3 Aug 1924.

You’d have thought they’d cast someone older to play his father – or got him to wear a wig!

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Raggedy Rose

James Finlayson in Raggedy Rose

1926 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as the butler ‘Simpson Sniffle’.
Starring Mabel Normand. Directed by Richard Wallace in collaboration with Stan Laurel (under F. Richard Jones supervision). Produced by Hal Roach.

Review of Raggedy Rose in Motion Picture News
Motion Picture News, 6 Nov 1926, p. 1779
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Sold at Auction!

1923 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as Sylvester Finkelbuster, Chief of Police, aka ‘The Man Who WAS Sold’.
Starring Snub Pollard. Directed by Charles Parrott (aka Charley Chase). Produced by Hal Roach. Distributed by Pathé. Released 27 May 1923.

Source: Motion Picture News, 26 May 1923.

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Seeing the World

Motion Picture News, 7 Jan 1927, Vol. XXXV, No. 1.
Motion Picture News, 7 Jan 1927, Vol. XXXV, No. 1.

1927 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as the teacher who has a nightmare about taking the Our Gang kids on a tour of Europe. Directed by Robert F. McGowan. Produced by Hal Roach. Reviewed in Motion Picture News of 7 Jan 1927.

See if you can spot Stan Laurel!

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Anything Once!

James Finlayson in Anything Once!

1927 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as ‘Boss of the Busy Bee’.
Starring Mabel Normand. Directed by Hal Yates (under F. Richard Jones supervision). Produced by Hal Roach.

The wig – unusually depicting him with a full of head of hair – is duly used as a prop when it catches fire!

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The Soilers

James Finlayson in The Soilers

1923 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as ‘Smacknamara’.
Starring Stan Laurel as ‘Canister’. Directed by Ralph Ceder. Produced by Gilbert M. Anderson and Hal Roach. Released 25 Nov 1923.

Stills from THE SPOILERS (1923)
Source: Motion Picture News, 24 Nov 1923
The film was a burlesque of Rex Beach’s novel THE SPOILERS (which has the characters Glennister and McNamara) which had been adapted to the screen a couple of months earlier. It was the third in a series of such spoofs partnering James with Stan, the first being ROUGHEST AFRICA and the second being FROZEN HEARTS.

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Frozen Hearts

James Finlayson in Frozen Hearts

1923 silent film comedy with James Finlayson as ‘General Sappovitch’.
Starring Stan Laurel (and also featuring Mae Laurel). Directed by J.A. Howe. Produced by Hal Roach. Released 28 Oct 1923.

The film was a burlesque of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez’s novel ENEMIES OF WOMEN which had been adapted to the screen a few months earlier. It was the second in a series of such spoofs partnering James with Stan, the first being ROUGHEST AFRICA and the third being THE SOILERS.