Bring On The Empty Horses

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Bring On The Empty Horses

Bring On The Empty Horses

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Second impression hard back binding in publisher's original pink cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine. 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. Even though you are bound to know much of this already, you'll rarely hear these tales recounted so suavely.

When asked which biography/memoir I best prefer, I am unable to hold back my admiration of David Niven's work here in Bring on the Empty Horses. 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.

All used books might have various degrees of writing, highliting and wear and tear and possibly be an ex-library with the usual stickers and stamps. 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.

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? 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. I have to admit, though, that Niven's lighthearted description of the classy brothel down the hill from his apartment had charm to spare.

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. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids.

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