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Bring On The Empty Horses

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All the women were 'stunningly beautiful' and all the men were 'everyone's favourite fellow', and every story involved vast quantities of scotch or gin.

Other stories include Humphrey Bogart (eccentric), Greta Garbo (private), Constance Bennett (more interested in fun), Errol Flynn (never thinking ahead at the consequences of his actions), some famous directors, and a few non-actors who were part of the Hollywood culture like doctors and restaurant owners. David Niven was also a very campionable sort of the chap, liked fishing, yatching, lots of drinking and making love to beatutiful women, as well as the power struggles of the studio tycoons.And some guy who went by Mike Romanoff, opened a popular restaurant, and pretended to be a nephew-prince of Tsar Nicholas II. Personally, I wish there had been more about the filming of THE MOON IS BLUE (1953) and PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES (1960, of which not a word is said).

In 1981, Niven published a second and much more successful novel, Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly, which was set during and after World War II, and drew on his experiences during the war and in Hollywood.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.

These stories run from tragic ("Our Missie" - about Vivien Leigh) to fanciful (adventures with Errol Flynn). I understand that he previously wrote something of an autobiography but I cannot vouch for that work.

He won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Major Pollock in Separate Tables, his only nomination for an Oscar. Never again will a particular zeitgeist carry the particular bouquet that lilted through the rarified air of the Tinseltown of those glamour years. I hope they went to someone who appreciated them, and that they brought as much enjoyment to them as they did to me and my sister-in-law. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page.

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