The Man Who Laughs (1928) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Paul Leni and produced by Paul Kohner.
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(1928) Directed by Paul Leni; Written by J. Grubb Alexander (Adaptation) and Walter Anthony (Titles); Based on the novel L'Homme Qui Rit by Victor Hugo; Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, Cesare Gravina, Stuart Holmes and Josephine Crowell; Available on Blu-ray and ... Read full article
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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.
Dea: God closed my eyes so I could see only the real Gwynplaine.
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Lon Chaney was originally cast as Gwynplaine, but at the last minute, he withdrew.
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.
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