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The Man Who Laughs (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  4 November 1928 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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

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4 November 1928 (USA)  »

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O Homem Que Ri  »

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

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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. He couldn't speak when the dentures were in. The only scene in which he did not wear the prosthesis is the scene where he is ravished by the Duchess Josiana. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Clown: What a lucky clown you are! You don't have to wipe off your laugh.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

When Love Comes Stealing
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Written by Walter Hirsch, Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee
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Wow
11 October 1999 | by (new orleans, LA) – See all my reviews

I saw this last night at the New Orleans Film Fest and was blown away. The film has been restored and was shown with a live octet to boot. The story was complex yet easy to understand and the acting was great. I was amazed at some of the camera work and film editing for such an early period in film history. It is too bad Leni died so young because he was headed for greatness.


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