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The Man Who Laughs(1928)

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Brief Synopsis

Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by the King, in revenge for Gwynplaine's father's treachery. Gwynplaine is adopted by a travelling showman and becomes a popular idol. He falls in love with the blind Dea. The king dies, and his evil jester tries to destroy or corrupt Gwynplaine. Unlike in the original story by Victor Hugo, the lovers escape to France.

Cast & Crew

Paul Leni Director
Conrad Veidt Gwynplaine
Olga Baclanova Duchess Josiana
Josephine Crowell Queen Anne
George Siegmann Dr. Hardquannone
Brandon Hurst Barkilphedro, the Jester
Sam De Grasse King James
Stuart Holmes Lord Dirry-Noir
Nick De Ruiz Wapentake
Edgar Norton Lord High Chancellor
Torben Meyer The Spy
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York premiere: 27 Apr 1928
Release Date:  1928 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co: 
Sound:  Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects), Silent Production Co:  Universal Pictures
Duration(mins):  not available Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  10,195    
Duration(reels):  10    

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  • The Man who Laughs

    Dashiell B. 2013-04-06

    A striking adaptation of Hugo's novel. Veidt's American debut is as a man who with a permanent smile carved on to his face, joins a freak show,... MORE>

  • A must see

    Marilyn 2008-07-26

    for any fan of Batman. It turns out the writer/creator of the Batman comics, was inspired to create the Joker from having seen this movie. Even though,... MORE>