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Bring on the Empty Horses [Large Print] [Hardcover]

David Niven
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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4 Oct 1976
David Niven is remembered as one of Britain's best-loved actors. The archetypal English gentleman, he starred in over ninety films. He is also one of Hollywood's finest chroniclers. In this second volume, David Niven turns his attention to 'The Great Days of Hollywood' between 1935 and 1960. These were times of legendary film stars and despotic producers, of tycoons, of oddballs, and of classic movies. 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.
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  • Hardcover: 729 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown; Large type edition edition (4 Oct 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860430073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860430070
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,499,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Were David Niven not a famous actor, he would be thought a brilliant writer. And after this book he will surely be thought a brilliant writer (J.K. Galbraith)

Hilariously readable (Sunday Telegraph)

So bring on the empty horses and fill their saddles with shades of Cooper, Gable, Fairbanks and Flynn. This time David Niven is riding a winner (Irish Times)

The best book buy available at the moment (West Lancashire Evening Gazette)

Some very funny stories indeed, well told (The Scotsman)

He is nothing if not an individualist: a raconteur of style and sophistication and a writer with imagination and a sense of pace . . . It adds to his stature (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

David Niven has done it again! (Boston Globe)

BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES is a delight from start to finish. With shrewdness and warmth . . . Niven brings us to Hollywood in its golden prime, from the early '30s to the age of TV. Above all, he brings us them - the outstanding stars, producers, directors, writers, tycoons and oddballs, many of whom were his friends . . . An inspired mix of descriptions, impressions, and anecdotes. (Publishers Weekly)

Might easily be the best book ever written about Hollywood. (New York Times Book Review)

BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES is a delight from start to finish. With shrewdness and warmth ... Niven brings us to Hollywood in its golden prime, from the early '30s to the age of TV. Above all, he brings us them - the outstanding stars, producers, directors, writers, tycoons and oddballs, many of whom were his friends ... An inspired mix of descriptions, impressions, and anecdotes. (Publishers Weekly)

A big name-dropping bitch of a book written with a wit as sharp as a dagger - and more than one famous personality gets it right between the shoulder blades ... Niven continues to weave the spell he cast on us with his autobiography (Belfast Telegraph)

His charm and twinkling sense of humour are rarely completely suppressed (Sunday Express)

BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES surpasses his first book. It is fun personified, hilarious in parts, highly entertaining and provides excellent reading (Evening Post, Port Elizabeth)

BRING ON THE EMPTY HORSES has star quality (Christchurch Star, New Zealand)

A really glamorous autobiography (Woman)

David Niven gives a marvellously readable account of his contacts with Hollywood (Birmingham Post)

Niven still tells a good tale (The Observer)

One of the most illuminating books yet to come out about Hollywood (Press and Journal)

He is nothing if not an individualist: a raconteur of style and sophistication and a writer with imagination and a sense of pace ... It adds to his stature (Coventry Evening Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The second volume of David Niven's worldwide bestselling autobiography, reissued on audio cassette. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold! 6 Mar 2007
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Looking for that excellent read which will make you or someone in your life laugh? Then look no further. Bring on the Empty Horses (and "The Moon's a Balloon!") are two of the funniest and most satisfying books I have ever read. There is something about the way in which David Niven writes about other people from which you just know they would approve of what he has said. As an actor, David Niven always seemed to play the good guy, the dashing hero, the sort of character to whom we would all wish to aspire. As an author, however, he writes about his fellow personalities from the Hollywood of yester-year with whom he worked and came into contact. Where others might expose drunkenness or sordid behaviour, Niven simply makes us laugh and, as I say, those of whom he writes would, therefore, approve.

In this book, Niven confirms his credentials as an ingenious writer as he pours his own brand of humour onto each and every encounter he describes. Not once does he stoop to the level of cheap gossip, not once does attack another person. Instead, we have a first hand account of that golden age of Hollywood written by a master wordsmith who has also mastered the art of writing humour. Only a writer who had also been a central part of that of that glorious cast of characters and people could possibly have produced this work.

Was it me, or did I detect a certain disappointment from within his own relationship? More likely it was that David Niven was far too much the perfect gentleman to mention such things.

If you are a fan of the olden days - the golden days of Hollywood, you will enjoy this book. If you simply want a damned good read, you will enjoy this book even more. Truth is, I cannot imagine anyone could not enjoy such an excellent product.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The incomparable David Niven offers a series of vignettes of the famed stars of Hollywood, from Gary Cooper to Greta Garbo. Niven reveals what the famed actors, directors and producers really were - normal people (with a few interesting quirks, of course). It is a great companion to Niven's autobiography, "The Moon's a Balloon."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Biography 1 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What an amazing life David Niven has had, and this audio cd of his book is truely magical.
We had the original version of this on a cassette when it was first released back in the 70's
and we loved it then. So glad we were able to find it again...We would certainly recommend
this to anyone who likes David Niven and has not heard it before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the empty horses 13 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is as good as The Moons a Balloon, utterly fascinating and extremely funny, I find I can pick it up over and over again and still find it hilarious.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started me off reading biographies 27 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I could not have chosen a more colourful biog to start my interest in this type of book. I have never laughed out so loudly in any other book in the following 16 years. Obviously the stories were found to have been attributed to other movie stars after the book was published but, that aside, if only part of it was Niven then it is still worth anyone's time to read this fabulous insight to Hollywood in its heyday. He comes across with all the style, panache and feeling that we have become accustomed to in his long and distinguished career.
Read this and remember - not all books will be this good. Unless you count 'The Moon's a Baloon' of course!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great man 16 Nov 2013
By PIPPA
Format:Paperback
Classy man with hilarious stories. Seems to have been friends with all of Hollywood and is decent enough to protect someone's identity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forrest Gump Does Hollywood? 9 Mar 2011
By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I moved straight on to this from "The Moon's a Balloon", which I felt glossed over a lot of his Hollywood days. The good news is that this book gives a bit more detail about that major era in David's life.

It's basically a collection of shortish anecdotes and memories about many of the characters and aspects of Hollywood in the 30s to 50s, written in no particular order. He does seem to have led a fairly charmed life in relation to the high-profile friends he had, which seemed slightly at odds with my vague recollection of him being very much second tier at best. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, as David always came across as a thoroughly decent chap and a great raconteur and is very much one of the good guys of the acting profession.

The main thing that struck me was that he seemed to be on very good terms indeed with some major players such as Bogart and Flynn, to the extent that I kept thinking back to Forrest Gump, where Forrest is seen present at many of the major events of the 60s, such as with JFK. Niven seems a bit like that in Hollywood. Reading around the subject, he does seem to have embellished the truth in certain areas, such as rather than sharing a house with Errol Flynn as he describes at length, he actually shared with the somewhat less alluring Robert Newton.

Those minor issues aside, it's a very entertaining read about the glory days of Hollywood and whets the appetite for reading more of the same.

By the way, for those who're interested and don't already know, apparently "Missy", who features significantly in the book, is actually Vivien Leigh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the Empty Horses by David Niven 26 May 2014
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I bought this book with The Moon's a Balloon on request for my mother. She loves it. She says it's funny and interesting.
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