The Man Who Laughs (1928) Paul Leni
Lord Clancharlie was sentenced to death after refusing to kiss King James II’s hand. A permanent smile is left on Lord Clancharlie’s son’s face with surgery to embarrass his father. The boy named Gwynplaine attends carnivals and becomes famous as The Smiling Man.
The Man Who Laughs is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. DC Comics would use Gwynplaine's smile and face type for the Joker character in the Batman series.
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German Expressionism Movement
Director Paul Leni
Writer Victor Hugo (novel), J. Grubb Alexander (adaptation), Walter Anthony (titles)
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