James Finlayson (I) (1887–1953)

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Alongside Ben Turpin, diminutive Scots-born Jimmy Finlayson was, arguably, the most instantly recognisable of the many clowns of silent screen slapstick who made their living as comic foil to stars like Laurel & Hardy, or Harold Lloyd. The perpetually exasperated, squinting, bald-pated master of the 'double-take and fade' with the walrus (fake) ... See full bio »

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Known For

Way Out West Mickey Finn
Saps at Sea Dr. J.H. Finlayson
Pardon Us Schoolteacher
The Bohemian Girl Captain Finn


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 1952 Here We Go Again (Short)
Plato's Rival (uncredited)
 1951 Here Comes the Groom
Drunken Sailor / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1951 Royal Wedding
Cabby (uncredited)
 1949 Challenge to Lassie
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
 1948 Hills of Home
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1948 Grand Canyon Trail
 1948 Julia Misbehaves
Bill Collector (uncredited)
 1947 The Perils of Pauline
Comic Chef
 1947 Thunder in the Valley
Court Judge (uncredited)
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Candy Vendor (uncredited)
 1946 She-Wolf of London
Constable With Hobbs and Latham (uncredited)
 1946 Two Sisters from Boston
Street Cleaner (uncredited)
 1943 Yanks Ahoy
Cook Flynn (uncredited)
 1942 To Be or Not to Be
Scottish Farmer with Mustache (uncredited)
 1941 New Wine
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1941 One Night in Lisbon
Air Raid Warden (uncredited)
 1941 Nice Girl?
Loafer at Train Station (uncredited)
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
Dutch Peasant (uncredited)
 1940 Saps at Sea
Dr. J.H. Finlayson
 1940 A Chump at Oxford
Baldy Vandevere (uncredited)
 1939 Dog-Gone (Short)
Mr. Jones
 1939 The Great Victor Herbert
 1939 Raffles
Hansom Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1939 The Flying Deuces
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Keystone Kop
 1938 Carefree
Man at Golf Course (uncredited)
 1938 Block-Heads
Finn - Man on Stairs
 1938 That's That! (Short)
Mickey Finn
 1938 False Roomers (Short)
Uncle Jim
 1937 Wise Girl
Jailer (uncredited)
 1937 Angel
Barker's Second Butler (uncredited)
 1937 This Way Please
Policeman (uncredited)
 1937 All Over Town
 1937 The Toast of New York
Trick-Hat Inventor (uncredited)
 1937 Pick a Star
 1937 Way Out West
Mickey Finn
 1936 Our Relations
Finn - The Chief Engineer
 1936 The Bohemian Girl
Captain Finn
 1935 Life Hesitates at 40 (Short)
Dr. James Finlayson
 1935 Manhattan Monkey Business (Short)
Joyce's Father
 1935 Bonnie Scotland
Sgt. Maj. Finlayson
 1935 Dandy Dick (Unknown - part cut)
 1935 Who's Your Father (uncredited)
 1935 Handle with Care
 1935 Thicker Than Water (Short)
Auction Manager
 1935 Treasure Blues (Short)
Uncle Story Harbour (uncredited)
 1934 Big Business
 1934 Father and Son
 1934 What Happened to Harkness?
Police Constable Gallun
 1934 Nine Forty-Five
P.C. Doyle
 1934 Dick Turpin
Jeremy (as Jimmy Finlayson)
 1934 Oh No Doctor!
 1934 The Girl in Possession
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1934 Trouble in Store (Short)
The Watchman
 1933 Strictly in Confidence (Short)
 1933 So This Is Harris (Short)
Golf Pro
 1933 The Gay Nighties (Short)
Mr. Amos Pipp
 1933 Mush and Milk (Short)
Mr. Brown - Banker
 1933 The Druggist's Dilemma (Short)
Andrew Finch
 1933 The Devil's Brother
Lord Rocburg
 1933 His Silent Racket (Short)
James Finlayson
 1933 Me and My Pal (Short)
Peter Cucumber
 1933 Nature in the Wrong (Short)
Voice of lion (uncredited)
 1933 Hokus Focus (Short)
 1932 Jitters the Butler (Short)
Phineas P. McPhinn
 1932 Boy Oh Boy! (Short)
 1932 Lights Out (Short)
 1932 The Millionaire Cat (Short)
Lawyer Fogg
 1932 Pack Up Your Troubles
 1932 Union Wages (Short)
 1932 The Iceman's Ball (Short)
Commissioner Walters
 1932 Thunder Below
 1932 The Chimp (Short)
Ringmaster (uncredited)
 1931 Hasty Marriage (Short)
Kitty's Father
 1931 A Melon-Drama (Short)
The Judge
 1931 Scratch-As-Catch-Can (Short)
 1931 Oh! Marry Me (Short)
 1931 One Good Turn (Short)
A Community Player
 1931 False Roomers (Short)
 1931 Beach Pajamas (Short)
 1931 A Clean-Up on the Curb (Short)
 1931 Trouble from Abroad (Short)
Major Minor
 1931 Oh! Oh! Cleopatra (Short)
James Finlayson - Banquet Guest
 1931 Pardon Us
 1931 June First (Short)
 1931 Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (Short)
Kop (as the Original Keystone Kops)
 1931 One of the Smiths (Short)
Wine Brewer (uncredited)
 1931 Our Wife (Short)
Father of the Bride (uncredited)
 1931 Not So Loud (Short)
 1931 Politiquerías
 1931 Frozen Face (Short)
 1931 Second Hand Kisses (Short)
Jimmy Finlayson
 1931 Chickens Come Home (Short)
Butler (uncredited)
 1930 Don't Leave Home (Short)
Taxi Driver
 1930 Another Fine Mess (Short)
Col. Wilburforce Buckshot (uncredited)
 1930 Feet First
Painter (uncredited)
 1930 Dollar Dizzy (Short)
House Detective
 1930 For the Defense
 1930 The Dawn Patrol
Field Sergeant
 1930 Young Eagles
 1930 Ladrones (Short)
 1930 Night Owls (Short)
 1929 Wall Street
Andy (as Jimmy Finalyson)
 1929 The Hoose-Gow (Short)
Governor (uncredited)
 1929 Hard to Get
Pa Martin (as Jimmy Finlayson)
 1929 Men O'War (Short)
Soda Jerk
 1929 Puckered Success (Short)
 1929 Two Weeks Off
Pa Weaver
 1929 Fast Freight (Short)
Spooky Wall Painting
 1929 Big Business (Short)
Homeowner (uncredited)
 1929 Liberty (Short)
Store Keeper
 1928 Show Girl
Mr. Dugan
 1928 Lady Be Good
Trelawney West
 1928 Old Wives Who Knew (Short)
 1928 Bachelor's Paradise
Pat Malone (as Jimmy Finlayson)
 1928 Galloping Ghosts (Short)
Police Commissioner
 1928 Flying Elephants (Short)
Saxophonus (uncredited)
 1928 Should Tall Men Marry? (Short)
Joe Skittle (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1927 Fighting Fathers (Short)
 1927 Do Detectives Think? (Short)
Judge Foozle (uncredited)
 1927 Hats Off (Short)
Proprietor, Kwickway Washing Machine Co.
 1927 Call of the Cuckoo (Short)
Asylum Inmate
 1927 Sugar Daddies (Short)
Oil Tycoon Cyrus Brittle
 1927 With Love and Hisses (Short)
Captain Bustle
 1927 Don't Tell Everything (Short)
Lawyer Goldblum
 1927 Love 'Em and Weep (Short)
Titus Tillsbury (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1927 No Man's Law
Jack Belcher
 1927 The Second 100 Years (Short)
Governor Browne Van Dyke
 1927 The Honorable Mr. Buggs (Short)
 1927 Forgotten Sweeties (Short)
 1927 One Hour Married (Short)
 1927 Seeing the World (Short)
James Finlayson, teacher
 1927 Anything Once! (Short)
Mabel's Boss
 1926 The Nickel-Hopper (Short)
Resident of 625 Park St. (uncredited)
 1926 Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes (Short)
Dean of Pinkham University (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1926 Should Husbands Pay? (Short)
Mr. Krum, a Reformer
 1926 Merry Widower (Short)
The Hunter
 1926 Thundering Fleas (Short)
Justice of the Peace
 1926 Raggedy Rose
Simpson Sniffle
 1926 Never Too Old (Short)
The Butler
 1926 Don Key (Son of Burro) (Short)
Vivien's Suitor
 1926 Ukulele Sheiks (Short)
 1926 Wife Tamers (Short)
The Waiter
 1926 Dizzy Daddies (Short)
Jonathan Haig
 1926 Madame Mystery (Short)
Struggling Author
 1926 Your Husband's Past (Short)
 1926 What's the World Coming To (Short)
The Father-in-Law
 1926 A Punch in the Nose (Short)
 1925 Flaming Flappers (Short)
 1925 Cuckoo Love (Short)
 1925 The Caretaker's Daughter (Short)
The Prohibition Sleuth (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1925 Moonlight and Noses (Short)
Professor Sniff (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1925 Unfriendly Enemies (Short)
The Cameraman
 1925 Mary, Queen of Tots (Short)
Radio Station Actor
 1925 Madame Sans Jane (Short)
 1925 Innocent Husbands (Short)
The Desk Clerk (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1925 Yes, Yes, Nanette (Short)
Hillory -Nanette's New Husband (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1925 Chasing the Chaser (Short)
Gilroy (the husband) (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1925 In the Grease (Short)
Father (as Jimmie Finlayson)
 1925 Thundering Landlords (Short)
The Landlord
 1925 Official Officers (Short)
Angry Motorist
 1925 Tell It to a Policeman (Short)
Policeman #1
 1925 Sure-Mike! (Short)
The Floorwalker
 1925 Welcome Home
Undetermined Role
 1925 Are Husbands Human? (Short)
 1925 Are Husbands Necessary? (Short)
 1925 The Haunted Honeymoon (Short)
 1925 Hard Boiled (Short)
 1925 Change the Needle (Short)
 1924 Are Blonde Men Bashful? (Short)
 1924 Hot Heels (Short)
 1924 Short Kilts (Short)
McGregor's Son
 1924 Our Congressman (Short)
Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
 1924 Why Husbands Go Mad (Short)
 1924 Wide Open Spaces (Short)
Jack McQueen
 1924 Rupert of Hee Haw (Short)
Rupert of Hee Haw
 1924 Before Taking (Short)
 1924 Near Dublin (Short)
Brick Merchant Sir Patrick
 1924 Brothers Under the Chin (Short)
 1924 Zeb vs. Paprika (Short)
Maj.Glanders Botts - His Trainer
 1924 Postage Due (Short)
Postal Inspector
 1924 Smithy (Short)
 1923 Mother's Joy (Short)
Baron Buttontop
 1923 Fully Insured (Short)
The Foreman
 1923 Scorching Sands (Short)
 1923 The Soilers (Short)
 1923 The Whole Truth (Short)
Defense lawyer
 1923 Frozen Hearts (Short)
Gen. Sappovitch
 1923 Jus' Passin' Through (Short)
Drunk (uncredited)
 1923 Roughest Africa (Short)
Lt. Hans Downe (Little Boss)
 1923 A Man About Town (Short)
Humko, Store Detective
 1923 The Walkout (Short)
 1923 Pitfalls of a Big City (Short)
The Hired Man
 1923 Hollywood
James Finlayson
 1923 The Mystery Man (Short)
 1923 Oranges and Lemons (Short)
Worker (uncredited)
 1923 Jack Frost (Short)
Wicked Man from the Wicked City
 1923 Where's My Wandering Boy This Evening? (Short)
The Hired Man
 1923 Courtship of Miles Sandwich (Short)
Miles Sandwich
 1923 Pick and Shovel (Short)
The Foreman
 1923 Sold at Auction! (Short)
The Man Who WAS Sold
 1923 White Wings (Short)
Dental patient
 1923 California or Bust (Short)
Campground neighbor
 1923 The Noon Whistle (Short)
O'Hallahan - the Foreman
 1923 Before the Public (Short)
 1923 A Tough Winter (Short)
 1922 Newly Rich (Short)
 1922 When Summer Comes (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1922 Home Made Movies (Short)
The 1st Theatre Operator
 1922 Ma and Pa (Short)
The Boarder
 1922 The Wise Duck (Short)
 1922 Gymnasium Jim (Short)
Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1922 One Horse Town (Short)
2nd Crook
 1922 Please Be Careful (Short)
 1922 An Idle Roomer (Short)
Gouty roomer
 1921 Bright Eyes (Short)
Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1921 Hard Knocks and Love Taps (Short)
Plato's Rival
 1921 Love's Outcast (Short)
The Private Detective
 1921 Home Talent
Stranded Actor
 1921 She Sighed by the Seaside (Short)
1st Suitor
 1921 Made in the Kitchen (Short)
Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1921 The Unhappy Finish (Short)
Burly Woman's Husband
 1921 A Small Town Idol
J. Wellington Jones
 1921 Bungalow Troubles (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1920 Love, Honor and Behave!
Artist (as Jim Finlayson)
 1920 My Goodness (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1920 Don't Weaken! (Short)
Lightfingered Luke - Professor Yonson's Assistant
 1920 Great Scott! (Short)
 1920 You Wouldn't Believe It (Short)
The Sweetheart
 1920 Married Life
Man Who Made Good
 1920 By Golly! (Short)
One of the Husband's Buddies (uncredited)
 1920/I Down on the Farm
The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage
 1920 Gee Whiz (Short)
The Lawyer
 1919 The Speakeasy (Short)
The Judge
 1919 Up in Alf's Place (Short)
The Dancing Instructor
 1919 Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (Short)
Stage Door Johnnie
 1919 The Dentist (Short)
The Real Estate Man
 1919 Treating 'Em Rough (Short)
Undetermined Secondary Role
 1919 Trying to Get Along (Short)
The Beauty Parlor Operator
 1919 Love's False Faces (Short)
The Landlady's Husband
 1919 The Foolish Age (Short)
The Blacksmith's Partner
 1919 The Village Smithy (Short)
The Blacksmith's Assistant
 1919 Yankee Doodle in Berlin
Commander's Officer (uncredited)
 1919 East Lynne with Variations (Short)
Drunk in the Balcony (uncredited)
 1919 Never Too Old (Short)
The Janitor / The Baker
 1918 Hey, Doctor! (Short)
 1918 In Dutch (Short)
 1918 Oh, Baby! (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Jimmy Finalyson | Jimmie Finlayson | Jimmy Finlayson | Jim Finlayson | the Original Keystone Kops


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On a visit to England to promote March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) he filmed some scenes in the Will Hay film Dandy Dick (1935), but they were cut before release. See more »


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