The Man Who Laughs

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

The Man Who Laughs (1928, USA) is a Silent Drama-Mystery-Romance-Thriller film directed by Paul Leni.


Main Details

  • Released on November 4, 1928
  • B&W
  • Running time: 110 minutes
  • Production and Distribution Co.: Universal Pictures
  • Directed by Paul Leni
  • Written by J. Grubb Alexander, adapted from Victor Hugo's novel
  • Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Julius Molnar

Plot Summary

  • 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.


  • 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)
  • Victor Hugo's immortal 12-Reel romance of the tragedy hidden behind the laugh of a clown. Poor Gwenplaine; poor laughing fool who makes millions happy and knows not happiness himself. Suppressing a tear with every laugh- a broken heart behind each smile! Choosing between the love of a sweet innocent girl and the lure of a voluptuous woman! Two years in the making-cost £500,000 to produce! (Print Ad-Northern Star, ((Lismore, NSW)) 19 January 1929)
  • Universal's third VICTOR HUGO Masterpiece. A Blending of the Terrible with the Sublime, of the Monstrous with the Magnificent. (Print Ad-Cairns Post, ((Brisbane, Queensland)) 24 June 1929)
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