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  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 There are more pictures from the film including one of Lovat at the website managed by the National Library of Norway at Have you tried the British Society of Cinematographers? Also, the British Film Institute has a photographic collection. Good luck with the research.


      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

        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.


      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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