David Niven an English actor known best for playing the starring role of Sir Charles Lytton in ‘The Pink Panther’ film series. He started his career as an extra in the early 30s and upon getting noticed by the bigger filmmakers, he was cast in starring roles in some early films such as ‘Splendor’, ‘Palm Springs’ and ‘Rosemary’.
However, by late 30s he had graduated to doing leading roles in some notable films such as ‘Dinner at the Ritz’, ‘The Dawn Patrol’ and ‘Raffles’. As he gained prominence, David Niven became one of the most talented leading men in the industry. Some of the best David Niven films are ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, ‘Enchantment’, ‘Happy Ever After’, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and the ‘The Pink Panther’ series of films.
But there was a bad phase as well in his career, when he churned out some back-to-back box office and critical failures. Some of the worse David Niven films are ‘The Lady Says No’, ‘Appointments with Venus’, ‘Happy Go Lovely’ and ‘The Toast of New Orleans’. David won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film ‘Separate Tables’.
During the Second World War, an American servicewoman puts up with her granduncle, Rollo Dane. The plot then turns backwards into Rollo’s childhood, when his father brings home a girl called Lark, who begins to live with them. Over the time, they fall in love; but cannot marry due to his sister’s scheme. Now that Lark’s nephew and his niece have fallen in love, can the old man sit idle?
The movie was one of the three adaptations of a Broadway musical of the same name. Two people—opera star, Marie, and a Canadian mounted police officer, Sergeant Bruce—are looking for the same person—John Flower, a prisoner who escaped his jail and is now in need for some money to leave the country. During their journey, the two fall in love with each other.
Elegant at 80 years, Lady Lendale relates her life’s romantic adventures to biographer Sir Percy. Basically from Corsica, she meets and falls for anarchist Armand while working as a laundress in Paris. Later, she marries the smitten aristocrat, Lord Lendale, on the condition of saving Armand from jail after attempted assassination of a Prince. But her wealthy, upper-class life hides a secret.
The plot of the movie, based on Derek Lambert’s 1975 novel Touch the Lion's Paw, revolves around two jewel thieves – Jack and Gillian – who meet each other at a party and fall in love. Jack has planned a theft of $30 million in uncut diamonds but is unaware that Gillian has been blackmailed and planted by a Scotland Yard's chief inspector Cyril Willis who wants to apprehend him before retiring.
David Niven Awards
|Separate Tables||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1959|
|Separate Tables||Best Actor - Drama||1959|
|The Moon Is Blue||Best Actor - Comedy or Musical||1954|