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Home Ent. Release Date: 01 Jun 2008
With a career spanning over five decades, David Niven was one of Britain’s greatest ever movie stars. Urbane, sophisticated and debonair, he was cinema’s quintessential gentleman - instantly recognisable with his trademark pencil moustache, wily smile and affable manner. A prolific actor, Niven started his career as an extra on westerns and worked his way up through the Hollywood studio system to the very top. Although best known for his screen comedies, Niven was an incredibly versatile actor and excelled in dramatic roles, winning both an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Actor. This collection brings together some of Niven’s very finest moments. Bonnie Prince Charlie is a rip-roaring historical epic about the 1745 Scottish revolt. The Love Lottery is a sharp satire on Hollywood and celebrity from Ealing Studios. Happy Ever After is a hilarious comedy of errors. Eternally Yours sees Niven star as an enigmatic magician opposite Loretta Young. And Happy Go Lovely is a high-kicking romantic musical comedy featuring dancing star Vera-Ellen. Each one is an unadulterated delight. ETERNALLY YOURS (1939) After marrying dare-devil magician Tony (David Niven), Anita (Loretta Young) soon finds herself on an endless world tour as part of his act. When Tony refuses to put his death-cheating tricks behind him and settle down, Anita divorces him, leaving Tony with no option but to try and pull off his biggest trick of all: winning her back. Also featuring the celebrated comic actor Hugh Herbert (Gold Diggers of 1935) and Oscar winning actor Benedict Crawford (All The King’s Men). BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE (1948) – Restored / DVD Premiere 1744. Prince Charles Stuart (David Niven) returns to Scotland to lead the Scottish armies in a fight to gain independence from Britain. But King George II is determined to crush the rebellion and sends the ruthless Duke of Cumberland to stop “Bonnie” Prince Charlie and his committed band of Scottish patriots in their tracks. Starring an excellent cast - including Jack Hawkins (Bridge Over The River Kwai) and John Laurie (TV’Dad’s Army), the cinematography is by Oscar winner Robert Krasker (The Third Man). HAPPY GO LOVELY (1951) – Restored Part back-stage musical comedy, part mistaken-identity romance, Happy Go Lovely sees Niven play a greetings-card millionaire who falls for a chorus girl when an showbiz impresario stages a show in Edinburgh. With scene-stealing support from Cesar Romero (The Joker in TV’s Batman) and packed with breath-taking dance numbers, Happy Go Lovely is a joy to watch. THE LOVE LOTTERY (1954) – Restored / DVD Premiere British movie star Rex Allerton (David Niven) allows himself to put him up as the prize in a “Love Lottery” by the head of a gambling syndicate (Herbert Lom, The Ladykillers). Rex’s adoring female fans buy thousands of tickets, but it is daydreaming typist Sally who has the winning number... Directed by Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob, A Fish Called Wanda) and featuring a hilarious turn by Gallic actress Ann Vernon (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) as Rex’s biggest fan. Full of unforgettable moments – including an uncredited cameo from Humphrey Bogart - The Love Lottery is a unmissable gem. HAPPY EVER AFTER (1954) – Restored / DVD Premiere When the much-loved General O’Leary dies in a hunting accident his nephew Jasper (David Niven) arrives from the big city to take over his Irish country estate. But with no concern for the community or its traditions, Jasper plans to sell the land for millions, provoking the disgruntled locals into drastic action to thwart him. Niven plays against type as a scheming cad opposite the legendary Hollywood character actor, Barry Fitzgerald (Oscar winner for The Quiet Man) as the leader of the locals and the glamorous Yvonne De Carlo (The Ten Commandments.