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Also Known As: Rauff De Ryther Duan Acklom Died: December 23, 1998
Born: April 30, 1900 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA Profession: actor, novelist

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This slim, handsome boyish juvenile of the 1930s provided able support for such leading ladies as Loretta Young, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Constance Bennett. The Canadian-born Manners studied at the Theater Guild in New York in the late 1920s, and was drafted by Tiffany Productions in 1930 to make his film debut in the screen version of the bitter WWI drama "Journey's End". Directed by James Whale and starring Colin Clive (who had played in the stage version), it was a fortuitous debut. Manners made quite an impression as the idealistic young lieutenant who is forced to take his men out on a suicidal raid and is himself mortally wounded. His death scene was generally acclaimed to be a high point of the film.

This slim, handsome boyish juvenile of the 1930s provided able support for such leading ladies as Loretta Young, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Constance Bennett. The Canadian-born Manners studied at the Theater Guild in New York in the late 1920s, and was drafted by Tiffany Productions in 1930 to make his film debut in the screen version of the bitter WWI drama "Journey's End". Directed by James Whale and starring Colin Clive (who had played in the stage version), it was a fortuitous debut. Manners made quite an impression as the idealistic young lieutenant who is forced to take his men out on a suicidal raid and is himself mortally wounded. His death scene was generally acclaimed to be a high point of the film.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 A Woman Rebels (1936) Lieutenant Alan Craig Freeland
2.
 Hearts in Bondage (1936) Raymond Jordan
3.
 Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) Edwin [Ned] Drood
4.
 Lucky Fugitives (1935)
5.
 Jalna (1935) Eden Whiteoaks
6.
 The Perfect Clue (1935) David Mannering
7.
 The Black Cat (1934) Peter Alison
8.
9.
 The Great Flirtation (1934) Larry Kenyon
10.
 The Moonstone (1934) Franklin Blake
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Milestones close milestones

1924:
Stage acting debut in "Hippolytus" at the Hart House Theater in Toronto
1930:
Made film debut in "Journey's End"
1931:
Had most prominent role as John Harker in "Dracula", starring Bela Lugosi
1932:
Co-starred in "The Mummy" with Boris Karloff
1932:
Appeared opposite Katharine Hepburn in "A Bill of Divorcement"
1934:
Acted with Karloff and Lugosi in Edgar G Ullmer's "Black Cat"
1935:
Had title role in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
1936:
Last film, "A Woman Rebels"
1946:
Starred in Broadway play "Truckline Cafe"
:
Began second career as novelist in the 1950s
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Education

University of Toronto: Toronto , Ontario -
Hart House Theater: Toronto , Ontario -
Theater Guild: New York , New York -

Notes

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)

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Suzanne Bushnell. Divorced.
companion:
William Mercer. Writer.

Family close complete family listing

father:
George M Acklom. Book editor. Born in 1870; was estranged from Manners over his decision to pursue acting; died on November 7, 1954.
mother:
Violet Acklom.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Awakening From the Dream of Me"
"Convenient Season"
"Under Running Laughter"
"The Soundless Voice"
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Contributions

David Morgan Jones ( 2006-03-06 )

Source: The Wonder Within You:From the Metaphysical Journals of David Manners, edited by David Morgan Jones.

David's novels were published in the 1940s, not the 1950s. His metaphysical work was published in the 1970s and 1980s. A posthumous work was published in 2005, "The Wonder Within You," edited by David Morgan Jones.

canadian1 ( 2007-05-22 )

Source: David Manners first published book entitled, Convenient Season.

Mr. Manners' mother's first name is not "Violet" as stated in the family section of his biography. David Manners' mother's first name is "Lilian", Lilian Manners Acklom. The reason I know this to be a fact is because I have Mr. Manners very first novel, "Convenient Season", where he dedicates the book to his mother, Lilian Acklom.

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