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The Man Who Laughs (1928) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Paul Leni and produced by Paul Kohner.

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Gwynplaine: [Via subtitles, to the House of Lords] A king made me a clown! A queen made me a Peer! But first, God made me a man!


Dea: God closed my eyes so I could see only the real Gwynplaine.


Lord Clancharlie: I came back to find my little son. What have you done with him?
King James II: By our grace he is still alive, and quite well, I believe. A Comprachico surgeon carved a grin upon his face so he might laugh forever at his fool of a father.


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Gwynplaine's fixed grin and disturbing clown-like appearance was a key inspiration for comic book talents Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson in creating Batman's greatest enemy, The Joker.
Lon Chaney was originally cast as Gwynplaine, but at the last minute, he withdrew.
Gwynplaine's grotesque grin was achieved with prosthesis. Conrad Veidt was fitted with a set of dentures that had metal hooks to pull back the corners of his mouth. The only scene in which he did not wear the prosthesis is the scene where he is ravished by the Duchess Josiana.
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