Bring On The Empty Horses

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Bring On The Empty Horses

Bring On The Empty Horses

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Niven, above all things, is a storyteller; and his recountment of the Hollywood heyday (essentially the '30s through the 50's) is magical exploration of an era that was at once special and something impossible to mimic. 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. In this second volume, David Niven turns his attention to ‘The Great Days of Hollywood’ between 1935 and 1960. Tape shadow marks to the end papers where the dust wrapper was protected in brown paper, now removed.

Here we learn that the "Goldwynisms" that Samuel Goldwyn is so famous for might have all been made-up. But they did feel rather disconnected, especially the segments at the end that went for just a few pages each, again and again. C. (1955) before scoring a big success as Phileas Fogg in Michael Todd's production of Around the World in 80 Days (1956). 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.A lot of the names in this book are mostly forgotten, unless you are a classic movie fan of the 30's and 40's like myself. David Niven wrote this book in Switzerland (where he then lived) when he was beginning to show the symptoms of the Motor Neurone Disease that would eventually take his life. 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.

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.These are very much a series of anecdotes, frequently involving pranks and the foibles of the great stars of the past. 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. 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. So bring on the empty horses and fill their saddles with shades of Cooper, Gable, Fairbanks and Flynn.



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