The Man Who Laughs (1927)

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  • Mary Philbin
  • Conrad Veidt
  • Julius Molnar
  • Olga Baclanova
  • Brandon Hurst
  • Cesare Gravina
  • Stuart Holmes
  • Sam De Grasse
  • George Siegmann
  • Josephine Crowell

Did You Know?


  • Gwynplaine's fixed grin and disturbing clown-like appearance was a key inspiration for comic book talents writer Bill Finger and artists Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson in creating Batman's greatest enemy, The Joker.
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  • When Barkilphedro first reads the blackmail note from Doctor Hardquanonne, we are shown a shot of the full text of the note. Toward the bottom, it says, "You are rich...". Seconds later, we see close-ups of the note. Words have been rearranged on the page to make the close-ups more readable and the lower portion now says, "You will be penniless," - a phrase that didn't appear anywhere in the original text.
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    • [Via subtitles, to the House of Lords]
    • Gwynplaine: A king made me a clown! A queen made me a Peer! But first, God made me a man!
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