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David Manners

Highest Rated:   100% The Miracle Woman (1931)
Lowest Rated:   87% The Black Cat (1934)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
87% The Black Cat
  • Peter Allison
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 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 Beauty and the Boss
  • Baron Paul von Ullrich
1932
No Score Yet A Bill of Divorcement
  • Kit Humphreys
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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