British actor David Niven (1910–1983), born James David Graham Niven is one of my all-time favorite actors. I was first exposed to David Niven seeing the movie Raffles. I found him utterly charming, handsome and fascinating. I have seen so many wonderful David Niven films that it is hard to recommend only five. So, I chose all wholesome family fare. I hope that you will see what I see in this remarkable actor.
Haven't you seen The Bishop's Wife (1947)? In one of my all-time Christmas films, David Niven plays Bishop Henry Brougham. Loretta Young plays his neglected wife. Cary Grant plays an angel that comes to Earth in response to the bishop's prayer. This film is filled with endearing characters and good messages.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
Candleshoe (1977) David Niven, in my favorite role, plays Priory, butler/all household male staff to Lady St. Edmund played by Helen Hayes in this Disney classic about hidden treasure in an old English manor named Candleshoe. Jodie Foster stars as Casey, a treasure seeker.
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) In this comedy, David Niven plays Lawrence Larry Mackay, drama critic for the New York Daily. When he, his wife Kay played by Doris Day and four sons move to country, Kay is busy remodeling while Larry writes nothing but negative reviews.
Bachelor Mother (1939) In this classic comedy, Ginger Rogers plays Polly Parish, a department store clerk, who finds a baby left on the stairs of a foundling home. When she rings the bell, the administrators believe her to be the mother. David Niven plays David Merlin, owner of the department store where she works. He is determined to keep mother and child together.
Raffles (1939) David Niven plays A.J. Raffles, man about town, who keeps himself solvent by committing robberies. Olivia de Havilland stars as his love interest.
*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Sat, Apr 23, 2011 / 18:31:45 PDT
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