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The crazy life story of James Finlayson

Theatre career of James Finlayson

The Private Secretary (1904)
Played the part of the Rev Robert Spalding in Cornwall1.
Source: Boston Sunday Post, 23 Jan 1916.
1 Perhaps the American journalist misunderstood James’ Scottish accent and he actually said ‘Dobbie Hall’ rather than ‘Cornwall’?

Current Cash (1907)
Played the part of Private Ned Bootles in a production by the Stenhousemuir Amateur Dramatic and Musical Association at the Dobbie Hall.

A very large share of the work and responsibility as to the success of the piece rested with “Private Ned Bootles” (Mr James Finlayson) and “Rev. Lincoln Green” (Mr G. Anderson), and right well did they sustain their parts. Mr Anderson, as the quiet, simple vicar, was particularly effective, while the part of “Bootles” could not have been in more capable hands than those of Mr Finlayson.

Source: Falkirk Herald, 25 Dec 1907.

The Shaughruan (1909)
Played the part of Captain Molineux in a production by the Larbert and Stenhousemuir Musical Dramatic Club.

Mr James Finlayson, who has scored previous successes, added considerably to his laurels as “Captain Molineux”.

Source: Falkirk Herald, 10 Mar 1909.

Jeanie Deans (1910)
Played the part of Jamie Ratcliffe at the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh and at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in a production by the John Clyde company.

The part of Jamie Ratcliffe is well played by Mr James Finlayson

Source: JEANIE DEANS AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL, The Scotsman, 3 May 1910, p. 5.

Mr. James Finlayson is well suited as Jamie Ratcliffe

Source: GLASGOW – THEATRE ROYAL, The Era, 28 May 1910, p. 7.

East Lynne (1910)
Played the part of John Dill at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh in a production by the John Clyde company.

Among other good impersonations may be singled out Mr. J. Finlayson’s John Dill

Source: KING’S, The Stage, 23 Jun 1910, p. 2.

The Great Game (1912)

James Finlayson in THE GREAT GAME

Source: Variety, 18 May 1912, p. 9

Played the part of I. Marsh (a detective disguised as a teuchtar) at Daly’s Theatre, New York.

James Finlayson had an excellent opportunity, which he did not miss, for developing two characters in his one role – the simple, naive Scotsman and the artful, determined detective. The remarkable thing is that he managed to do them both at the same time.

Sources: New York Tribune, 12 May 1912; New York Herald, 17 May 1912; New York Dramatic Mirror, 22 May 1912.

Bunty Pulls the Strings (1913-14)
Played the part of Rab Biggar on Broadway and touring locations across USA including the Majestic theatre, Fort Wayne, IN, the Grand Opera House, Uniontown, PA and the Boston Theatre, MA.
Sources: Fort Wayne Sentinel, 2 Jan 1913; Uniontown Morning Herald, 1 Apr 1913; Boston Post, 10 Mar 1914; Boston Sunday Post, 23 Jan 1916.

Kitty McKay (1914)

Fresno Morning Republican, 25 Oct 1914, p. 14

Fresno Morning Republican, 25 Oct 1914, p. 14

Bakersfield Californian, 28 Oct 1914, p. 7

Bakersfield Californian, 28 Oct 1914, p. 7

Played the part of Sandy McNab in 400 consecutive appearances at the Comedy Theatre on Broadway and touring locations across USA, including the White Theatre in Fresno, CA, Macdonough’s theatre in Oakland, CA and the opera house in Bakersfield, CA.
Sources: Fresno Morning Republican, 18 Oct 1914; Fresno Morning Republican, 25 Oct 1914; Oakland Tribune, 25 Oct 1914; Bakersfield Californian, 28 Oct 1914; Boston Sunday Post, 23 Jan 1916.

The Night Before (1916)
Played the part of Auld Rab MacBeth in a production at the Copley Theatre, Boston of the musical comedy written by Harry Lauder.
Source: Boston Sunday Post, 23 Jan 1916.

James Finlayson and Marie Stuart made an admirable parental couple.

Source: The Boston Sunday Globe, 9 Jan 1916.

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