'THE LAUREL AND HARDY HOME MOVIE CASE'
Ever wonder what James Finlayson looked like off-screen, sans mustache? No? Well, so what? Part of the wonderful few minutes of home movie footage from the early 30s (posted above) is taken at Stan Laurel's daughter Lois's second birthday party. Both Finlayson and Ollie were present and it's quite charming to see them off-screen, not in character--although each of them do provide a little mugging for the camera. Finlayson even cocks an eyebrow as he does in so many L&H comedies, only the effect is strange--since he doesn't look like the man we know from the movies he appears to be somebody doing a not very convincing impression of Finlayson. There's also some footage of Stan fishing and a peculiar bit of Ollie horsing around on the Roach backlot.
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 3:47 PM