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David Niven; Marius Goring

by Eric Gray
resin print, 1945
16in. x 12in. (406 mm x 304 mm)
Given by Pinewood Studios, 1985
NPG x34541

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Caroline Ferguson

29 May 2018, 12:29

A Matter of Life and Death, or Stairway to Heaven; Niven plays Peter Carter who has bailed out of a war plane without a parachute and is unsure whether he is alive or dead. He meets the female radio operator he had spoken to before jumping from the plane - they are forced to undergo a trial to establish whether a British serviceman is suitable for an American girl... The film was made shortly after the death of Niven's 1st wife Primula Rollo (daughter of William Hereward Rollo and related by marriage to Bob Laycock of Layforce Commandos)

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