Charles Ashton and British Silent Films

British Silent Film Star – Charles Ashton

Milton Rosmer

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Photograph of Milton Rosmer by Bassano. Whole-plate glass negative (7 Feb 1920) held at the National Portrait Gallery website


A well known stage actor from childhood, Milton Rosmer made his screen debut in silent films in 1889.  He went on to become a character actor with the advent of sound, starring in films such as :The Passionate Friends (1922), South Riding (1938), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), and The Lion Has Wings (1939). He was most often seen portraying judges, professors, and committee chairmen. In addition, he directed and occasionally wrote during the 1920s and 30s including such films as Balaclava (1928), Channel Crossing (1932), The Secret of the Loch (1934) and The Great Barrier (1937). [Taken from British Movies website]

Milton Rosmer later became director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Memorial Theatre in 1943.  He was married to actress Irene Rooke, who were both friends of Charles Ashton and visited him often after he retired from films.

Films with Charles Ashton

Cash on delivery (1926) – Director

The Woman Juror (1926) – Director


Written by anneramsden

April 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm

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