David Niven takes notes

david niven reading and writing

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  1. One of my favourites.So English,so smooth,so charming.witty and urbane.Such a perfect mirror to myself ha ha.More seriously thank you Vickie.I miss this sort of actor today.

    Would anyone care to name anyone they consider occupies the same niche?Is there anyone?Quite serious question as I wonder whether he has been in any sense replaced.

      • George,I have never seen him.Vickie-yes something more for you to look up.I do declare that i am becoming quite confused for reasons I will explain in a moment.

      • Well George,I am so surprised that you did not pick me up on naming the author of The Bulldog Drummond stories as Sexton Blake.He was in fact yet another fictional detective.I hang my head in shame.The Strange Case of fhe Missing Braincells.

  2. By the way my notion of Englishness is desperately old fashioned and for the most part terminates in the 1950s with Ealing Comedies and self parody of British types.I do declare that in my England good stout male types have all been in the Guards and since entering Civie Street have had their heads glued into a bowler hat ever since even in bed.Now just where did I put my Sexton Blake novel as the plucky chap seemed have been in a bit of a sticky situation with The Yellow Peril when I put it down.

  3. Vickie,speaking of parody there exists a film I much enjoyed that sends up Bulldog Drummond.Its called Bullshot{also known as Bullshot Crummond}.It can be found on Youtube both in its play and film versions.The recently deceased British comedian Mel Smith is also in it.The film is played purely for laughs with deliberately over the top acting etc.I must buy a DVD of it.

      • Vickie,yes I love that word as well.I think that in every generation there are a few with that special skill,to charm,hold,amuse and inform.I think that they are in short supply at most times.I think that the moment we have a certain UK comedian who imagines in his vanity that he is a raconteur,but then he also imagines that he is funny.You may guess who the unkept,longhaired person is.The very thought of him gives me dark thoughts of a long drop into a deep moat with him wearing some oh so fashionable leg irons.Now I feel so much better.

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