Larbert Loon

The crazy life story of James Finlayson

Film career of James Finlayson

137 films and counting…
Another 200 to go?

Silent Era

1919

1920

1921

1922

1923

Scene from PITFALLS OF A BIG CITY (1923)

Source: Exhibitors Herald, 15 Sep 1923, p. 59

  • A Man About Town
    With Stan Laurel. Directed by George Jeske. Released 16 Sep 1923.
  • Roughest Africa
    With Stan Laurel.
  • Frozen Hearts
    With Stan and Mae Laurel.
  • The Whole Truth
    With Stan Laurel. Directed by Ralph Ceder. Released 4 Nov 1923.
Stan Laurel in Burlesques on Film Successes

Source: Motion Picture News, 24 Nov 1923

Scenes from FULLY INSURED (1923)

Source: Motion Picture News, 15 Dec 1923

  • Mother’s Joy
    With Stan Laurel. Directed by Ralph Ceder. Released 23 Dec 1923.

1924

Source: Exhibitors Trade Review, 12 Jan 1924, p. 25

Source: Exhibitors Trade Review, 12 Jan 1924, p. 25

Mr Roach, in the short-subject comedy department, has just launched a new producing unit in which James Finlayson, who has been appearing in important roles in the Stan Laurel comedies, will be prominently cast.

Source: ‘Hal Roach Engaged on Big Production List for Pathe’, Moving Picture World, 8 Mar 1924, p. 111.

Source: The Film Daily, 27 Aug 1924, p. 1

Source: The Film Daily, 27 Aug 1924, p. 1

1925

1926

    • A Punch in the Nose
      Hal Roach comedy two-reeler distributed by Pathé. Released 3 Jan 1926.
      Source: Motion Picture News, 2 Jan 1926, p. 52.
    • What’s the World Coming To?
      Supporting role. With Clyde Cook and Katherine Grant. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler distributed by Pathé. Directed by Richard Wallace. Released 17 Jan 1926.
      Source: Motion Picture News, 2 Jan 1926, p. 480.
    • Your Husband’s Past
      With Vivian Oakland and Tyler Brooke. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler distributed by Pathé.
      Sources: Motion Picture News, 13 Feb 1926, p. 802; Exhibitors Trade Review, 30 Jan 1926, p.30.
    • Dizzy Daddies
      With Tyler Brooke and Gertrude Astor. Comedy two-reeler directed by Richard Wallace and distributed by Pathé. Released 20 Mar 1926.
    • Madame Mystery
      Joint starring role with Theda Bara. Also featuring Tyler Brooke and Oliver Hardy. Comedy two-reeler distributed by Pathé. Released 17 Apr 1926.
    • Don Key
      With Stuart Holmes and Vivien Oakland. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler distributed by Pathé. Directed by Grover Jones and Hal Yates.
      Source: Moving Picture World, 22 May 1926.
Finlayson in Star Ranks

Exhibitors Herald, 22 May 1926

Finlayson Awarded New Contract

Exhibitors Herald, 5 Jun 1926

1927

    • Anything Once!
      With Mabel Normand and Max Davidson.
    • Love ‘Em and Weep
      With Mae Busch and Stan Laurel (and Oliver Hardy in a minor role). Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by Fred Guiol. Later remade as CHICKENS COME HOME (1931).
      Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.
    • With Love and Hisses
      With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by Fred Guiol.
      Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.
    • Sugar Daddies
      With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by Fred Guiol. Released 10 Sep 1927.
      Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.
    • Flying Elephants
      With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by Fred Butler.
      Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.
Finlayson Quits Roach

Source: The Film Daily, 4 Oct 1927, p. 3.

1928

1929

Talkies
1929

1930

  • Night Owls
    With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Produced by Hal Roach. Directed by James Parrott. Distributed by MGM. Filmed between mid Oct and early Nov 1929. Released 4 Jan 1930.
    Source: Skretvedt, Randy, Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, p. 183.
  • The Dawn Patrol
  • For The Defense
    Supporting role. Pre-Code crime drama starring William Powell. Directed by John Cromwell. Released 26 July 1930.
    Sources: OCTAGON’S NEXT CHANGE, Evening Star, 14 July 1931; FOR THE DEFENSE (1930), AFI Catalog of Feature Films.
  • Dollar Dizzy
    With Charley Chase, Thelma Todd and Edgar Kennedy. Hal Roach comedy three-reeler. Directed by James Horne.
    Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.
  • Another Fine Mess
    With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Produced by Hal Roach. Directed by James Parrott. Distributed by MGM. Filmed between late Sep and early Oct 1930. Released 29 Nov 1930.
    Source: Skretvedt, Randy, Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies, p. 206.

1931

1932

1933

1934

  • Oh, No, Doctor
    Played the role of a manservant called Axminster [a type of carpet] alongside Jack Hobbs. Directed by George King. A George King Productions production. Released 6 Feb 1934.
    Source: British Film Institute.
  • Trouble in Store
    With Jack Hobbs. British comedy.
    Sources: Portsmouth Evening News, 2 June 1934, p.3; Bucks Herald, 6 Jul 1934, p. 9; Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 22 Sep 1934, p. 3; British Film Institute.
  • Big Business
    Played the role of a police constable. Directed by Cyril Gardner. A Warner Brothers First National production. Released 4 Mar 1934.
    Source: British Film Institute.
  • Dick Turpin Highwayman
    Played the role of Jeremy with Victor McLaglen as Dick Turpin. Directed by W. Victor Hanbury and John Stafford. A John Stafford Productions Ltd production. Released 21 May 1934.
    Source: British Film Institute.
  • Nine Forty-Five (aka 9.45)
    Played the role of police constable Doyle. Starring Binnie Barnes. Directed by George King. A Warner Brothers First National production. Released 3 Sep 1934.
    Source: British Film Institute.

1935

  • Father and Son
    Played the role of Bidad. Directed by Monty Banks. A Warner Brothers First National production. Released 7 Jan 1935.
    Source: British Film Institute.
  • What Happened to Harkness
    With Robert Hale. British comedy. Directed by Milton Rosmer. A Warner Brothers First National production. Released 11 Feb 1935.
    Sources: The Kinematograph YearBook, 1935, p. 81; Berks and Oxon Advertiser, 16 Aug 1935, p. 8; British Film Institute.
  • Who’s Your Father
    With Lupino Lane and Nita Harvey. Directed by Lupino Lane as ‘Henry William George’ [his actual Christian names]. A Lupino Lane Productions / St. George’s Productions production. Released 22 Jul 1935.
    Source: British Film Institute.
  • Handle With Care (aka Look Out, Mr. Haggis)
    Played the role of Jimmy. With Jack Hobbs and Molly Lamont. Directed by Redd Davis. An Embassy Film Company production. Released 2 Sep 1935.
    Source: British Film Institute.
  • Thicker Than Water
    With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Daphne Pollard. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by James Horne. Distributed by M-G-M. Released 29 Jul 1935.
    Sources: The Film Daily, 29 Jul 1935, p. 11; Motion Picture Daily, 29 Jul 1935, p. 8.
  • Bonnie Scotland
    With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Hal Roach feature-length comedy drama. Directed by James Horne. Distributed by M-G-M. Filming commenced May 1935. Released 23 Aug 1935.
    Sources: The Film Daily, 29 Apr 1935, p. 7; Harrison’s Reports, 31 Aug 1935, vol. XVII, No. 35.
  • Manhattan Monkey Business
    With Charley Chase and Joyce Compton. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by Charley Chase and Harold Law.
    Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.

1936

  • Life Hesitates at 40
    With Charley Chase and Joyce Compton. Hal Roach comedy two-reeler. Directed by Charley Chase and Harold Law.
    Source: Neibaur, James L., Movie Comedians – The Complete Guide, McFarland, 1986.

1939

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