Miles Mander

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Miles Mander
Miles Mander in The Little Princess.jpg
Mander in The Little Princess (1939)
Born Lionel Henry Mander
(1888-05-14)14 May 1888
Wolverhampton, England
Died 8 February 1946(1946-02-08) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, U.S.
Resting place
Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Years active 1920–46
Spouse(s) Princess Prativa Devi, dau. of Maharajah Nripendra Narayan of Cooch Behar
Kathleen ('Bunty') French (1923-1946) (his death) (1 child)

Miles Mander (14 May 1888 – 8 February 1946), born Lionel Henry Mander (and sometimes credited as Luther Miles), was a well-known and versatile English character actor of the early Hollywood cinema, also a film director and producer, and a playwright and novelist.

Early life[edit]

Miles Mander was the second son of Theodore Mander, builder of Wightwick Manor, of the prominent Mander family, industrialists and public servants of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, in the Midlands of England. He was the younger brother of Sir Geoffrey Mander, the Member of Parliament. He was educated at Harrow School, Middlesex (The Grove House 1901- Easter 1903); Loretto School, Musselburgh (east of Edinburgh) and McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. But he soon broke away from the predictable mould of business and philanthropy. He was an early aviator, a captain in the Royal Army Service Corps in World War I. He spent his twenties in New Zealand farming sheep, with his uncle, Martin Mander.[1]

Film career[edit]

Miles Mander achieved success as Sir Hugh Boycott in The First Born (1928) which he directed and acted in, and which was based on his own novel and play. He was one of the British pioneers of sound film with The First Born.[2]

But Mander is better remembered for his character portrayals of oily villains, many of them English gentlemen or upper crust cads – such as Cardinal Richelieu in the musical film The Three Musketeers (1939), a spoof in which the Ritz Brothers played lackeys who substituted for the real Musketeers. In his Hollywood debut, he had portrayed King Louis XIII in the much more serious 1935 version of that same Alexandre Dumas, père classic. Other famous film credits included Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, in which he played Mr. Lockwood, the new tenant at the Grange, who is told the story of Cathy and Heathcliff. In the 1933 English version of G.W. Pabst's Don Quixote, he played the Duke who invites Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to his castle, and in the original To Be or Not to Be, he was one of the two British officers to whom Robert Stack first reveals his suspicions about the treacherous Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges).

Personal life[edit]

Miles Mander in Youth on Parole (1937)

His first wife was an Indian princess, Princess Prativa Devi, the daughter of the Maharajah Nripendra Narayan of Cooch Behar. His brother Alan married her sister, Princess Sudhira. His second wife was Kathleen ('Bunty') French, of Sydney, Australia, with whom he had a son, Theodore. He wrote a book of memoirs and advice to him, To My Son—in Confidence (1934). He died suddenly of a heart attack at the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, aged 57.


As actor[edit]

As director[edit]

  • The Whistler (December 1926) short made in DeForest Phonofilm
  • The Sheik of Araby (December 1926) short made in Phonofilm
  • Knee Deep in Daisies (December 1926) short made in Phonofilm
  • The Fair Maid of Perth (December 1926) short made in Phonofilm
  • False Colours (April 1927) short made in Phonofilm
  • The Sentence of Death (April 1927) U. S. title His Great Moment, short made in Phonofilm
  • Packing Up (April 1927) short made in Phonofilm
  • As We Lie (April 1927) short film made in Phonofilm; also known as Lost One Wife
  • The First Born (1928)
  • The Woman Between (1931) U.S. title The Woman Decides
  • Fascination (1931)
  • Youthful Folly (1934)
  • The Morals of Marcus (1935)
  • The Flying Doctor (1936)

As writer[edit]

As producer[edit]


  • Miles Mander, To my Son—in Confidence, Faber, 1934
  • Miles Mander, Gentleman by Birth, 1933
  • Sir Geoffrey Le Mesurier Mander (ed), The History of Mander Brothers, Wolverhampton. 1955
  • Rothwell-Smith, Paul. Silent Films! the Performers (2011) ISBN 9781907540325
  • C. Nicholas Mander, Varnished Leaves: a biography of the Mander Family of Wolverhampton, 1750-1950, Owlpen Press, 2004
  • Patricia Pegg, A Very Private Heritage: the private papers of Samuel Theodore Mander, 1853-1900, Malvern, 1996


  1. ^ "MILES MANDER.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 6 November 1935. p. 19. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
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