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The Man Who Laughs
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Director:
Writers:
Victor Hugo (novel)
J. Grubb Alexander (adaptation)
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Release Date:
4 November 1928 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Mary Philbin ... Dea

Conrad Veidt ... Gwynplaine / Lord Clancharlie
Julius Molnar ... Gwynplaine as a child (as Julius Molnar Jr.)

Olga Baclanova ... Duchess Josiana
Brandon Hurst ... Barkilphedro
Cesare Gravina ... Ursus

Stuart Holmes ... Lord Dirry-Moir

Sam De Grasse ... King James II (as Sam DeGrasse)

George Siegmann ... Dr. Hardquanonne

Josephine Crowell ... Queen Anne
Károly Huszár ... Innkeeper (as Charles Puffy)
Zimbo the Dog ... Homo the Wolf (as Zimbo)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Delmo Fritz ... Sword Swallower
Deno Fritz ... Sword Swallower
Henry A. Barrows ... (uncredited)
Richard Bartlett ... (uncredited)
Les Bates ... (uncredited)

Charles Brinley ... (uncredited)
Carmen Castillo ... Dea's Mother (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... (uncredited)

Carrie Daumery ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)

Howard Davies ... (uncredited)
Nick De Ruiz ... Wapentake (uncredited)

Louise Emmons ... Gypsy Hag (uncredited)

J.C. Fowler ... (uncredited)

John George ... Dwarf (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Clown (uncredited)
Charles Hancock ... (uncredited)
Lila LaPon ... Featured (uncredited)

Torben Meyer ... The Spy (uncredited)
Joe Murphy ... Hardquanones Messenger (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Lord High Chancellor (uncredited)

Broderick O'Farrell ... (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... (uncredited)

Frank Puglia ... Clown (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... (uncredited)
Templar Saxe ... (uncredited)
Allan Sears ... (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... (uncredited)
Louis Stern ... (uncredited)
Al Stewart ... (uncredited)
Anton Vaverka ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Leni 
 
Writing credits
Victor Hugo (novel "L'Homme Qui Rit")

J. Grubb Alexander (adaptation)

J. Grubb Alexander (continuity)

Walter Anthony (titles)

May McLean  uncredited
Marion Ward  uncredited
Charles E. Whittaker  uncredited

Produced by
Carl Laemmle .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Sam Perry (uncredited)
Erno Rapee (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward L. Cahn  (as Edward Cahn)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
Thomas F. O'Neill  (as Thomas O'Neil)
Joseph C. Wright  (as Joseph Wright)
 
Costume Design by
David Cox  (as Dave Cox)
Vera West 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Paul Kohner .... production supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Joseph Cherniavsky .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walter Anthony .... titles
Charles D. Hall .... technical director
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Lew Landers .... production staff member (as Louis Friedlander)
Jay Marchant .... production staff member
R.H. Newlands .... technical researcher (as Prof. R.H. Newlands)
Thomas F. O'Neill .... technical director (as Thomas O'Neil)
Bela Sekely .... story supervisor (as Dr. Bela Sekely)
John M. Voshell .... production staff member
Joseph C. Wright .... technical director (as Joseph Wright)
 

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110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The process of carving a victim's face to look like it is smiling broadly, has come to be known as a Glasgow Smile or a Chelsea Smile after organized crime rings in those two British cities used such mutilations as a terror tactic.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Gwynplaine:A woman has seen my face and yet may love me.See more »
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Soundtrack:
When Love Comes StealingSee more »

FAQ

How did this American movie from 1928 get away with showing female nudity?
Is Gwynplaine based on the Joker?
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Wow, 11 October 1999
Author: flip-23 from new orleans, LA

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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