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

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

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The Silent Classic, The Man Who Laughs was the inspiration for The Joker
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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.

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

"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.

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 | Cracked.com The Man Who Laughs

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

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