David Manners

Highest Rated: 100% The Miracle Woman (1931)
Lowest Rated: 88% The Black Cat (1934)
Birthday: Apr 30, 1901
Birthplace: Not Available
A descendant of William the Conqueror (or so his studio publicity claimed), Canadian actor David Manners was brought to films by director James Whale, who cast the personable, aristocratic-looking young man in the 1930 filmization of Journey's End. It was Manners' thankless task to be the handsome but ineffectual hero of many a horror film: he was forever being knocked out, locked out, or otherwise detained from promptly rescuing the heroine in such films as Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932) and The Black Cat (1934). He was better served as one of the Hemingwayesque heroes in The Last Flight (1931) and the unfortunate title character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Manners quit film acting in 1936 to pursue a satisfying career as stage performer and novelist. Living in wealthy retirement in his 80s, David Manners was frequently an interview subject for books about his famous Hollywood associates (John Barrymore, Tod Browning, Boris Karloff et. al.); his recollections were always crystal clear, always amusing, and always unadorned (to Mr. Manners, Dracula star Bela Lugosi was nothing more or less than "a pain in the ass").

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet A Woman Rebels Alan 1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Raymond Jordan 1936
No Score Yet The Perfect Clue David Mannering 1935
No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood Edwin Drood 1935
No Score Yet The Moonstone Franklyn Blake 1934
88% The Black Cat Peter Allison 1934
No Score Yet The Great Flirtation Larry Kenyon 1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer) Michael 'Mike' Gardner 1933
No Score Yet From Hell to Heaven Wesley Burt 1933
No Score Yet The Warrior's Husband Theseus 1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals Josephus 1933
93% The Mummy Frank Whemple 1932
No Score Yet The Death Kiss Franklyn Drew 1932
No Score Yet Crooner Ted 'Teddy' Taylor 1932
No Score Yet Man Wanted Actor 1932
No Score Yet Lady with a Past Donnie Wainwright 1932
No Score Yet The Greeks Had a Word for Them (Three Broadway Girls) Dey Emery 1932
No Score Yet A Bill of Divorcement Kit Humphreys 1932
No Score Yet Beauty and the Boss Baron Paul von Ullrich 1932
No Score Yet They Call It Sin James E. 'Jimmie' Decker 1932
No Score Yet Three Broadway Girls Dey Emery 1932
No Score Yet The Last Flight Shep Lambert 1931
No Score Yet Stranger in Town Jerry Fleming 1931
100% The Miracle Woman John Carson 1931
No Score Yet The Millionaire William 'Bill' Merrick 1931
91% Dracula John 1931
No Score Yet Mother's Cry Arthur 'Artie' Williams 1930
No Score Yet The Truth About Youth Richard 'The Imp' Dane 1930
No Score Yet Journey's End Second Lieutenant Raleigh 1930

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