Unfriendly Enemies  
 
Hal Roach series with James Finlayson
Production No. D-89
13 September 1925
Pathé Exchange
silent short
1-reel

 

Director: Stan Laurel Cinematography: Art Lloyd
Producer: Hal Roach Editor: ?
Titles/Dialogue: ? Supervising director: F. Richard Jones

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD

The film opens with James Finlayson as a cameraman who swam overseas because his government wouldn't send him, according to the intertitle card.  Cue the girl (Fay Wray) in beautiful close-up, who said she will wait for her man... the longer the better.  A soldier walks into the apartment and Fin is called away, though not before he sits on a large knitting needle and causing him to go cross-eyed!
Outside the cameraman's assistant (George Rowe), who has enlisted for his health - because his wife was after him, is waiting to lead Fin off to war along with a band of marching soldiers.  After bashing his nose into the closed door and then tripping over a pig (yes, seriously), Fin loses the roll of film from his camera onto the floor.
In the trenches, the general orders a soldier (Charlie Hall) to go and find the enemy.  The soldier climbs up out of the bunker but soon returns, head first with the quip "I found them!"  The general then tells the cameramen to be ready to photograph the lads when they begin their battle.  Finlayson sticks his head up over the top of the trench and is immediately pelted with bullets by the enemy, his bald head becoming an instant target.
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Facts
Production D-89 - Hal Roach series with James Finlayson.
Copyrighted August 28, 1925.

Filming dates
May 19-23, 1925.

Trivia
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James Finlayson
The volunteer
  George Rowe
Cameraman's assistant
Fay Wray
Girl
Jules Mendel
General Stonehead Balsam
Charlie Hall
First soldier over the top
Sammy Brooks
Laughing man
Helen Gilmore
Laughing woman
Clara Guiol
Laughing woman
Jack Hill
Soldier in trenches
   
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CREDITS POSTERS & LOBBY CARDS
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SHOT ON THE LOT
The following scenes were filmed on the Hal Roach Back Lot and are included in the TOUR
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DVD COMPARISONS
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Books and publications: Robert Demoss, Rob Stone, Richard Lewis Ward
Thanks to: Tommie Hicks

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