Bring On The Empty Horses

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Bring On The Empty Horses

Bring On The Empty Horses

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David Niven was a good storyteller giving you a glimpse of their character and what they were like privately.

Niven is never boring and often so charming that one is so lulled by his general tone, and you no longer care about anything save reading more of the same. In other words, it's a wonderful recollection of the Golden Age of Hollywood but told in a gentlemanly fashion. In 1959, he became the host of his own TV drama series, The David Niven Show, which ran for 13 episodes that summer. In 1971, he published his autobiography, The Moon's a Balloon, which was well-received, selling over five million copies.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. Some of the impact/charm of the writing is lost by the fact that these stories don't actually all belong to Niven, despite his use of the first-person throughout. p>Read about how we’ll protect and use your data in our Privacy Notice. I think he is more honest and forthcoming about the people who had already passed and is less truthful about anyone who was still living or who had widows still living in 1975.

You can tell he holds back or changes some details to be fair to his subjects, but the reading is still fun. Registered office address: Unit 34 Vulcan House Business Centre, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EF. The big stars like Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, and Humphrey Bogart are all mentioned; the film directors and producers like Samuel Goldwyn, John Huston, Michael Curtiz, William Wellman, and all the other inhabitants that made Hollywood the magical place it was - while gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper intimidated many personalities with their "items" publicised in the scandal sheets. 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. In fact, Niven set the benchmark for the Hollywood expose, after all he was there at the parties and in the beds of the glamorous stars and also in a lot of very unmemorable films.

His "Missy" revelation is startling, as it details the mental breakdown of Vivien Leigh (though he never mentions her name) and illustrates the high level of stress and expectations placed upon the studio stars of that era. 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.

I have to admit, though, that Niven's lighthearted description of the classy brothel down the hill from his apartment had charm to spare. Hollywood at its best and at its worst - the movers and the skakers all captured in this fascinating look at 'Tinsel Town' . In it, Niven focuses not on his life arc but his experiences in Hollywood from the mid-Thirties to around 1960, with a sizable interruption due to his soldiering in World War Two.There are very few villains here (except of course, the newspaper columnists and the committee hunting communists- I forget its name), and all the stories are told with understated wit and humour.

This autobiography read likes a desription of the classic Hollywood of the 30's to the 50's and is informative but most of all it is fun to read.

Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. 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 depicts the heartbreaks, the dreams and eccentricities of various characters and manages to cast a very human eye on their stories.

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