|The Perfect Clue||Actor||David Mannering||7|
|The Death Kiss||Actor||Franklyn Drew||7|
|Journey's End||Actor||Second Lieutenant Raleigh||7|
|Man Wanted||Actor||Tom Sherman||7|
|Stranger in Town||Actor||Jerry||7|
|The Girl in 419||Actor||Dr. Nichols||7|
|Torch Singer||Actor||Michael Gardner||7|
|The Devil's in Love||Actor||Jean||7|
|The Greeks Had a Word for Them||Actor||Dey Emery||7|
|The Ruling Voice||Actor||Dick Cheney||7|
|The Warrior's Husband||Actor||Theseus||7|
|Beauty and the Boss||Actor||Paul von Ullrich||7|
|The Miracle Woman||1930||Actor||n/a||19307|
|The Right to Love||1929||Actor||n/a||19297|
|A Bill of Divorcement||1931||Actor||Kit||19317|
|Mystery of Edwin Drood||1934||Actor||n/a||19347|
|A Woman Rebels||1935||Actor||n/a||19357|
|The Tick Loves Santa!||1997 1996 - 1997||Storyboard Artist||storyboards||1|
|Godzilla: The Series||2000 1998 - 2000||Storyboard Artist||storyboard cleanup artist||1|
|Men in Black: The Series||2002 1997 - 2002||Storyboard Artist||storyboard cleanup artist||1|
|Made film debut in "Journey's End"|
|Appeared opposite Katharine Hepburn in "A Bill of Divorcement"|
|Starred in Broadway play "Truckline Cafe"|
|Began second career as novelist in the 1950s|
|Last film, "A Woman Rebels"|
|Stage acting debut in "Hippolytus" at the Hart House Theater in Toronto|
|Co-starred in "The Mummy" with Boris Karloff|
|Acted with Karloff and Lugosi in Edgar G Ullmer's "Black Cat"|
|Had title role in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"|
|Had most prominent role as John Harker in "Dracula", starring Bela Lugosi|
Sadly, few of the actor's follow-up films called upon his talents to that extent. Hollywood saw him as an unthreatening "boyfriend" type and he was cast in a series of drawing-room melodramas and light comedies with various studios. Most of his films did fairly well at the box office, then promptly vanished from the public consciousness. Among the more notable were "The Right to Love" (1930), opposite Ruth Chatterton, "The Truth About Youth" (1930) with Loretta Young, "Crooner" (1932), "From Hell to Heaven" (1933), co-starring Carole Lombard, and "Hearts in Bondage" (1936).
Manners was also cast in a series of successful horror films which today remain his chief legacy. He played innocent, stalwart young victims in such classics as "Dracula" (1931, as Jonathan Harker), "The Death Kiss" (1932), "The Mummy" (1932), "The Black Cat" (1934, with both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi), and the atmospheric Dickens' tale "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1935). Manners also did his best in mostly unrewarding supporting roles in other superior films, as well. He was Barbara Stanwyck's idealistic admirer in Frank Capra's "The Miracle Woman" (1931) and Katharine Hepburn's fiance in her debut, "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932). He played colorless male ingenues in the gold-digger comedy "The Greeks Had a Word for Them" (1932), the Eddie Cantor musical "Roman Scandals" (1933) and the absurdist comedy "The Warrior's Husband" (also 1933). By 1936, Manners was getting increasingly disenchanted with his roles and, after supporting Hepburn again in the period drama "A Woman Rebels", he retired from films.
Little more was heard from the reclusive Manners until he attempted a Broadway show, "Truckline Cafe" (with a young Marlon Brando) in 1946. Beginning in the 1950s, he commenced a successful second career as a novelist. The former actor always politely refused to discuss his slightly disappointing film career in later years.
|George Acklom||Father||born in 1870; was estranged from Manners over his decision to pursue acting; died on November 7, 1954|
|University of Toronto|
|Hart House Theater|
|As an in-joke, a character in the 1986 horror film "The Tomb" was named David Manners.|
|"Always well-dressed, well-spoken, and with impeccable manners, David was a perfect leading man for aspiring young actresses and older female stars who wanted nobody stealing scenes from them with mannerisms or too much sex appeal. . . He was what girls in those days called 'a good catch,' playing an earnest, sincere young man with the kind of good looks that needn't worry parents unduly."--Richard Lamparski in "Whatever Became Of...?" vol. 1 (1967)|
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