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The Man Who Laughs by Arthur K. Miller (2015). Original | Lot #86293 | Heritage Auctions

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The Original Inspiration For Batman’s Joker, German Actor Conrad Veidt

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the man who laughs (1928, dir. paul leni) My feels are now shot. I love how this actor was able to portray despair and crying despite the deformation of his face permanently smiling. That movie. I need to watch it all the way.

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The Man Who Laughs was a 1928 silent film based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. Conrad Veidt starred as the main character with Mary Philbin as his childhood friend Dea. Among other things, Veidt's character Gwynplaine served as the inspiration for the Joker in Batman comics.

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"The Man Who Laughs" (1928) / Director: Paul Leni / Writers: J. Grubb Alexander (adaptation), J. Grubb Alexander (continuity) / Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar Jr. #poster

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Conrad Veidts smile in this picture is the face that inspired the creation of the most feared Batman Villain of all time...The Joker.

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9 Terrifying Old Movies That Put Modern Horror To Shame

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9 Terrifying Old Movies That Put Modern Horror To Shame

9 Terrifying Old Movies That Put Modern Horror To Shame | Cracked.com The Man Who Laughs

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