Herbert John Arundel
Herbert John Arundel (1896–1946) was born in Honiton, Devon, and worked as a solicitor and amateur film maker. His father (also named Herbert) died in 1898 and he was raised by his widowed mother, Anne Sophia Arundel (née Shaw), in the market town of Leek, Staffordshire.
By 1911, he was a student boarder at Rossall School, near Fleetwood, Lancashire.
He married Isabel Edith Herbert Butlin (1899–1989) in June 1923 at St Matthew's parish church in Surbiton.
On Saturday 28th May 1938, Arundel's film The Smugglers' Cave won the Associated British Corporation exhibition cup at the final of the British Empire Amateur Film Festival, which was held at the Lyric Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, and organised by the Scottish Film Council. Amongst the judges were Alfred Hitchcock and Oliver Bell, director, of the British Film Institute. The Aberdeen Journal stated:
"The Smugglers' Cave" had a near professional touch in its dramatic treatment of the adventures of three youngsters in search of hidden treasure at the seaside, the element of suspense being particularly well sustained.
A few days after the competition, he travelled with his wife to France.
Herbert Arundel died on 5th March 1946, aged 50. His widow Isabel died in 1989.
- Aberdeen Journal (30/May/1938) - Empire Amateur Films
- The Times (30/May/1938) - Empire Amateur Film Festival
Notes & References
- Wikipedia: Rossall School
- Daughter of Wilson Griffith Brongham Butlin.
- They departed from Southampton on 3rd June 1938 and returned into Plymouth on 23rd June.