sovay: (Claude Rains)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote 2017-01-02 08:54 pm (UTC)

Having now seen more of the David Manners oeuvre -- the poor man, he must have got so bored playing so many Cardboard Supporting Romantic Leads whose major job is being slightly too stupid to keep up with the plot.

I was not entirely surprised to read that he had left Hollywood by 1936—not only did he have to contend with the post-Code transition, for every Last Flight or Crooner there was a Mummy or a Black Cat or a Mystery of Edwin Drood where I completely forgot Manners was even in the movie and not just because I was distracted by Claude Rains. I just don't think he got enough good parts to keep him interested in the profession. I'm glad he got the ones that he did, though, because when he's not obliged to play cardboard, he's great.

Apparently he did always say that Helen Chandler was his favourite ever co-star, though.

Excellent taste, that man!

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