Val Chard

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(b.**/**/***** - d.**/**/****) Val 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. 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.” Apparently they featured in a full page advert for Old Gold cigarettes in a Look Magazine of 30 August 1938. (FO)


Stage & Cinema, 29 April 1949

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