Bring On The Empty Horses

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You see, she had also gone blind, losing the ability to read, and having to listen to audio tapes on an old fashioned cassette player, which wasn't, for her, the same enjoyment of reading black type on white pages. The first, Round the Rugged Rocks, was a novel which appeared in 1951 and was forgotten almost at once. Both books were highly acclaimed by the critics and remain as wonderful reminders of a much-loved actor who epitomised, for many, the essential British gent, even when surrounded by the stars of Hollywood. It is equally as entertaining to read about the early days of Hollywood and learn more about the behind the scenes lives of some of the biggest stars and legends of the day. Overall a great read of a book and recommended for anyone who loves to learn about the early days of Hollywood and the film industry.

All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you! I have to admit, though, that Niven's lighthearted description of the classy brothel down the hill from his apartment had charm to spare. Dust Jackets are not guaranteed and when still present, they will have various degrees of tear and damage. In this second volume, David Niven turns his attention to ‘The Great Days of Hollywood’ between 1935 and 1960.It now appears that Niven recounted many incidents from a first person perspective which actually happened to other people, and which he borrowed and embroidered. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. The gratuitous sexualization of every single woman under the age of 40 (and often times under the age of 20! David Niven was a good storyteller giving you a glimpse of their character and what they were like privately. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

Much more a memoir, than a biography… we get to read what David Niven thinks of, and his dealings with extras, castings, starlets, directors, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Warner, Fred Astaire etc. He subsequently appeared in another 30 films, including The Guns of Navarone (1961) The Pink Panther (1963), Murder by Death (1976), Death on the Nile (1978), and The Sea Wolves (1980). This book is just a literary form of an evening spent over drinks with your larger-than-life uncle or your slightly conman type friend/friendly neighbourhood raconteur/story-teller.NOTE: The title is taken from an expression that Warner Bros' Michael Curtiz (an ace studio director, but English-impaired) used when he meant to convey "riderless horses" in a Western. He and Errol Flynn were filming The Charge of the Light Brigade for a director, Michael Curtiz, ‘whose Hungarian-orientated English was a joy to us all’. I understand that he previously wrote something of an autobiography but I cannot vouch for that work. Who knew David Niven was so present during the Golden Age, I thought as I was reading it; turns out he inserted himself into many other people's stories to 'protect their privacy', which somewhat lessens the resonance of a memoir. He won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Major Pollock in Separate Tables, his only nomination for an Oscar.

I loved this book but am only giving it 4 stars because I like his autobiography The Moon's A Balloon sightly better and would give that one the extra star.

But this isn't really a memoir, anyway, it's more of a bunch of fairly disconnected Hollywood anecdotes, some quite compelling. There's a discipline missing in the first book, although the familiar, more casual voice of the first book does reappear as the book progresses, so I don't know how much is Niven? He followed this with Bring On the Empty Horses in 1975, a collection of highly entertaining reminiscences from Hollywood's "Golden Age" in the 1940s.

The first part of his biography, The Moon in a Balloon, was a best seller as was the second part - Bring On The Empty Horses. Rich in anecdote, and written in his inimitable humorous style, BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES is perhaps the most acclaimed sequel to an autobiography ever written. He depicts the heartbreaks, the dreams and eccentricities of various characters and manages to cast a very human eye on their stories. Never again will a particular zeitgeist carry the particular bouquet that lilted through the rarified air of the Tinseltown of those glamour years.Mike Curtiz was the director of The Charge of the Light Brigade and his Hungarian-oriented English was a source of joy to us all. I love it and the book was rich with lots of juicy Hollywood gossip and inside information about the legendary Hollywood Stars. You spend an entire evening and talk into the night recounting their mis-adventures, hilarious scrapes and some deliciously engaging anecdotes whose veracity you can never be 100% certain about.

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