Val Chard

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(b. Kimberley, **/**/1909 - d. Salisbury, Rhodesia, 09/06/1962). Actor. Valentine Arthur Chard was the young boy who acted the part of the shipwrecked Dick as a child in the 1923 version of H. De Vere Stacpoole’s novel The Blue Lagoon, directed by Dick Cruikshanks. His young co-star was Doreen Wonfor as Emmeline and in the film they grew up to be replaced by Arthur Pusey and Molly Adair respectively. A Stage & Cinema of 29 April 1949 compares the 1923 and 1949 versions of The Blue Lagoon. It uses the following caption with one of the photographs: “At the time, the child actors’ families became friends and the children’s education was continued under one governess. Today they are married, have a child of their own, and live in Johannesburg.” Thelma Gutsche quotes Chard’s mother as saying “He has never looked at another girl since 1922”. Apparently they featured in a full page advert for Old Gold cigarettes in a Look Magazine of 30 August 1938. The couple subsequently moved to what was then Rhodesia, settling in Salisbury, where he was an electrical inspector. They eventually had three children. (FO)


Cape Argus, 8 October 1938

Stage & Cinema, 29 April 1949

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