James Finlayson

James Finlayson

Highest Rated: 100% Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)

Lowest Rated: 57% Carefree (1938)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1887

Birthplace: Not Available

Scottish comedian James Finlayson attended the University of Edinburgh with the intention of pursuing a business career. He was deflected by his best friend, stage actor Andy Clyde, who encouraged Finlayson to give theatre a try. After serving his apprenticeship in regional repertory, Finlayson was cast in the West End production of Bunty Pulls the Strings in 1912, a production which brought him to New York. He embarked on a vaudeville tour with Alec Lauder (brother of the more famous Sir Harry Lauder), then headed to Hollywood, working at the Ince and L-KO studios before settling at the Mack Sennett fun factory in 1919. While with Sennett, Finlayson developed his famous, apoplectic caricature of the old-fashioned "me proud beauty" Victorian villain.In 1923, Finlayson moved to Hal Roach, where he would spend the next 17 years as both a star comic and (more successfully) a supporting player. During his Roach years, Finlayson perfected his comic signature, the "double take and fade away": a reaction of surprise, followed by several turns of the head and an upraised eyebrow, capped with the expletive "Doh!" Legend has it that one of Finlayson's double-takes was so energetic that it caused him to crack his skull against a wall and lose consciousness! Though he worked with everyone on the Roach lot, Finlayson became most closely associated with Laurel and Hardy, co-starring with the team on 33 occasions between 1927 and 1940. Fin's most memorable films with L&H include Big Business (1929), Another Fine Mess (1930), Chickens Come Home (1931), Our Wife (1931), The Devil's Brother (1933) and, best of all, Way Out West (1937), wherein as western saloon keeper Mickey Finn, Finlayson outdoes himself with his own hilarious brand of double-dyed villainy. He also appeared frequently with another team, Clark and McCullough, over at RKO. While some of Finlayson's feature-film roles were sizeable, notably his assignments in Dawn Patrol (1930) and All Over Town (1937), he was most often seen in unbilled bits, sometimes (as in the 1938 Astaire-Rogers vehicle Carefree) minus his trademarked paintbrush moustache. Because of his long associations with Sennett and Roach, James Finlayson was frequently called upon to appear in nostalgic recreations of Hollywood's silent era, notably Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) and The Perils of Pauline (1947).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy Actor 1968
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's Actor 1965
No Score Yet Laurel & Hardy Actor 1958
92% Royal Wedding Cabby 1951
No Score Yet Down Memory Lane Actor 1949
No Score Yet Grand Canyon Trail Sheriff 1948
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Chef Comic 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By Candy Vendor 1947
98% To Be or Not to Be Scottish Farmer 1942
No Score Yet One Night in Lisbon Air Raid Warden 1941
94% Foreign Correspondent Dutch Peasant 1940
No Score Yet Saps at Sea Doctor 1940
No Score Yet A Chump at Oxford Baldy Vandevere 1940
No Score Yet Raffles Cabby 1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Keystone Kop 1939
83% The Flying Deuces Jailer 1939
No Score Yet Block-Heads Mr. Finn 1938
57% Carefree Man at Golf Course 1938
No Score Yet All Over Town MacDougal 1937
No Score Yet Wise Girl Jailer 1937
No Score Yet Angel Footman 1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Inventor 1937
100% Way Out West Mickey Finn 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Laurel and Hardy's Director 1937
No Score Yet Our Relations Finn, the Chief Engineer 1936
No Score Yet The Bohemian Girl Finn 1936
No Score Yet Bonnie Scotland (Heroes of the Regiment) Sergeant Major 1935
No Score Yet The Devil's Brother Lord Rocberg 1933
No Score Yet Pack Up Your Troubles the General 1932
No Score Yet The Chimp Ringmaster 1932
No Score Yet Thunder Below Scotty 1932
No Score Yet One Good Turn A Community Player 1931
No Score Yet Pardon Us Schoolteacher 1931
No Score Yet Our Wife Father of the bride 1931
No Score Yet Chickens Come Home Butler 1931
No Score Yet Another Fine Mess Colonel Wilburforce Buckshot 1930
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander) Field Sergeant 1930
No Score Yet For the Defense Parrott 1930
No Score Yet Feet First A Painter 1930
No Score Yet Night Owls Meadows 1930
No Score Yet Liberty (Criminals at Large) Store keeper 1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Prison inspector 1929
No Score Yet Big Business Man 1929
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy Soda jerk 1929
No Score Yet The Second Hundred Years Warden 1927
No Score Yet Love 'Em and Weep Businessman 1927
No Score Yet No Man's Land Actor 1927
No Score Yet Sugar Daddies Oil tycoon 1927
No Score Yet Do Detectives Think? Judge Foozle 1927
No Score Yet Yes, Yes, Nanette Hillory 1925
No Score Yet Where Do You Work-A John? Actor 1921
No Score Yet The Second 100 Years Actor


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