MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 11,217 this week

The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  4 November 1928 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 3,194 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 30 critic

When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (adaptation), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 22 Mar 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 28 Feb 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 12 Apr 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Man Who Laughs (1928)

The Man Who Laughs (1928) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Man Who Laughs.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dante's Inferno I (1911)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro
Waxworks (1924)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer, who after one look athe owner's pretty daughter, starts ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni
Stars: Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni
Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
A Funny Shave (1906)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Segundo de Chomón
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife.

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Stars: Masuo Inoue, Ayako Iijima, Yoshie Nakagawa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690.

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Marc-André Grondin, Emmanuelle Seigner
Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A short film depicting the execution of Mary, Queen of the Scots. Mary is brought to the execution block and made to kneel down with her neck over it. The executioner lifts his axe ready to... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Clark
Stars: Robert Thomae
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Gérard Bourgeois, Harry Piel
Stars: Harry Piel, Denise Legeay, José Davert
La barbe (1908)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Carlos Padilla Sr.
Stars: Rogelio de la Rosa, Tita Duran, Mona Lisa
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Dea
...
Julius Molnar ...
Gwynplaine as a child (as Julius Molnar Jr.)
...
Duchess Josiana
Brandon Hurst ...
Cesare Gravina ...
Stuart Holmes ...
Lord Dirry-Moir
Sam De Grasse ...
King James II (as Sam DeGrasse)
...
Josephine Crowell ...
Queen Anne
Charles Puffy ...
Innkeeper
Zimbo the Dog ...
Homo the Wolf (as Zimbo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deno Fritz ...
Sword Swallower
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Helen Elsom <helenel@sco.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 November 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Homem Que Ri  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Claims that Lon Chaney was cast and/or walked off the set are incorrect. Although he was the first choice for Gwynplaine, Chaney was under contract with another studio and so could never cast to begin with. See more »

Goofs

Although a silent film allows convenient ambiguity, the story presents Gwynplaine's speech as clear enough to be understood by all other characters without impediment. Since Gwynplaine cannot close his lips, he could never form the consonants b, f, m, p and v. At least one of these sounds occurs in the vast majority of words in Gwynplaine's native tongue, English. Realistically Gwynplaine would be virtually mute, as actor Conrad Veidt was whenever wearing the Gwynplaine prosthesis. See more »

Quotes

Gwynplaine: A woman has seen my face and yet may love me.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

When Love Comes Stealing
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Hirsch, Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Monarch Scorned!
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

A most extraordinary movie, filmed on an absolutely staggering scale in the most extravagant yet stylish manner possible by director Paul Leni. Superbly photographed, costumed and set, this handsomely atmospheric horror piece is certainly one of a kind. In its own peculiarly dark niche, I can think of no other competitors, not even Universal's own "Hunchback of Notre Dame".

This movie has the further advantage of a far superior cast. Mary Philbin betters her portrayal in "Hunchback" by a mile, while Conrad Veidt in a Chaney-type role easily steals the picture by sheer charisma rather than simply horrific make-up. Mind you, he is given a good run for his money by Brandon Hurst as the scheming villain, Baclanova as the sexy Josiana, and Josephine Crowell (in her final feature film) as the imperious queen.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Saddest Movie Ever? rocker623
The Duchess Looked like a Young Madonna HOHNancy
Steeplechase Park, Coney Island aahronheim
Source for 'Dark Knight' Imposter jreafilms
The book diffrent ending? Sacula
Veidt's Makeup captrose
Discuss The Man Who Laughs (1928) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?