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The Man Who Laughs ()


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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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Dea
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Gwynplaine / Lord Clancharlie
Julius Molnar ...
Gwynplaine as a child (as Julius Molnar Jr.)
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Duchess Josiana
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Barkilphedro
Cesare Gravina ...
Ursus
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Lord Dirry-Moir
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King James II (as Sam DeGrasse)
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Dr. Hardquanonne
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Queen Anne
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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 ...
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Carmen Castillo ...
Dea's Mother (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ...
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Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
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Nick De Ruiz ...
Wapentake (uncredited)
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Gypsy Hag (uncredited)
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Dwarf (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ...
Clown (uncredited)
Charles Hancock ...
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Lila LaPon ...
Featured (uncredited)
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The Spy (uncredited)
Joe Murphy ...
Hardquanones Messenger (uncredited)
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Lord High Chancellor (uncredited)
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Clown (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ...
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Templar Saxe ...
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Allan Sears ...
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Louis Stern ...
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Al Stewart ...
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Anton Vaverka ...
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Directed by

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Paul Leni

Written by

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Victor Hugo ... (novel "L'Homme Qui Rit")
 
J. Grubb Alexander ... (adaptation)
 
Walter Anthony ... (titles)
 
May McLean ... () (uncredited)
 
Marion Ward ... () (uncredited)
 
Charles E. Whittaker ... () (uncredited)

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Carl Laemmle ... producer

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William Axt ... (uncredited)
Sam Perry ... (uncredited)
Erno Rapee ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Gilbert Warrenton ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Edward L. Cahn ... (as Edward Cahn)

Editorial Department

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Maurice Pivar ... supervising film editor

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Charles D. Hall
Thomas F. O'Neill ... (as Thomas O'Neil)
Joseph C. Wright ... (as Joseph Wright)

Costume Design by

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David Cox ... (as Dave Cox)
Vera West

Makeup Department

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Jack P. Pierce ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Paul Kohner ... production supervisor

Music Department

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Joseph Cherniavsky ... musical director (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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J. Grubb Alexander ... continuity

Other crew

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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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Plot Summary

Forever disfigured by a wide and mirthless grin on his face, the orphaned son of a nobleman, Gwynplaine, rescues the blind baby-girl, Dea, in cold seventeenth-century England. Taken in by the paternal carnival philosopher, Ursus, the unloved boy grows into a kind and honest man who chooses, however, to hide his grotesque deformity behind a black cloak, utterly convinced that the beautiful Dea will never truly love him because of his horrible secret. Feeling unworthy of Dea's noble feelings, Gwynplaine will soon cross paths with the aristocratic temptress, Duchess Josiana, as a cruel and long-standing conspiracy in the palace of Queen Anne presents him with the burden of choice. Will poor Gwynplaine, the Man who Laughs, renounce everything in the name of love? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines The Man Who laughs With Conrad Veidt as the clown on whose face was carved a horrible, leering grin. (Print Ad-Picket Line Post ((Mt. Morris, NY)) 7 December 1928) See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'homme qui rit (France)
  • Der Mann, der lacht (Germany)
  • El hombre que ríe (Spain)
  • O Homem que Ri (Brazil)
  • Ο Άνθρωπος που Γελά (Greece)
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  • 110 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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. See more »
Goofs The opening scene happens in James II's reign (1685-1688), but Lord Clancharlie is sentenced to death in an Iron Maiden, an instrument of torture not invented until 1793. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Universal Horror (1998). See more »
Soundtracks When Love Comes Stealing See more »
Quotes Gwynplaine: [Via subtitles, to the House of Lords] A king made me a clown! A queen made me a Peer! But first, God made me a man!
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