Charles Ashton and British Silent Films

British Silent Film Star – Charles Ashton

Lovat Cave Chinn

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The young Lovat Cave Chinn (b. 1905) played the role of Bernick/Halligan’s son, Olaf, in The Pillars of Society (1920).  He went on to become a cameraman for later films e.g. Treasure Island (1950) and for newsreels and documentaries for Paramount.  He was a founder member of the British Society of Cinematographers in 1949.  The Getty Image collection has a picture of him with Mrs MacAlery landing at Kurdistan in 1935 for the Aeroplane Magazine http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/kurdistan-landing-high-res-stock-photography/HJ4371-001  Accessed 17 April 2012.

Written by anneramsden

April 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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  1. A Wonderful picture of my father-in-law. My husband Bruce Cave-Chinn is the last surviving child of Lovat. Would love to know if there are anymore pictures of Lovat?

    Liz Cave-Chinn

    July 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    • Dear Liz
      There is a picture of Lovat as a boy in a sailor suit in a film still for the Pillars of Society (1920) on my web page of Film stills – look for still 7 here https://anneramsden.wordpress.com/the-film-stills/. There are more pictures from the film including one of Lovat at the Ibsen.net website managed by the National Library of Norway at http://ibsen.net/index.gan?id=6062&subid=0. Have you tried the British Society of Cinematographers? Also, the British Film Institute has a photographic collection. Good luck with the research.

      anneramsden

      July 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

      • Many Thanks for the pictures and information re Lovat Cave-Chinn my father in law. Sorry that I have not answered your reply until now, the reply was on the web page|
        We have many pictures of Lovat, he worked as a war correspondent and then Movietone news, then later Mrs Minnifer and Tresure Island where films he was camera man on. I could go on! he was a well known man.
        Many Thanks for the information
        Best Wishes
        Liz Cave-Chinn
        lizcavechinn@aol.com

        Liz Cave-Chinn

        February 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  2. Have found some more information on Lovat Halket Cave Chinn born 25/8/1905 London died 1969 London married Vivienne Maude Slay 1931 children Bruce I. born 1932, Barrie A. born 1936, Roger Crispin Cave born 1939. His Step-father was the actor Aubrey W. Fitzgerald.

    Janice Healey

    September 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    • Many thanks again for your help with research on yet another of Charles’ fellow actors.

      anneramsden

      September 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    • Many Thanks for the dates, we had no idea that Aubrey W Fitzgerald was his step-father, so that is a first!
      Best Wishes
      Liz Cave-Chinn

      Liz Cave-Chinn

      February 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm


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