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The Man Who Laughs

The Man Who Laughs

Director: Paul Leni Cast: Conrad Veidt
Conrad Veidt
, Mary Philbin
Mary Philbin
, Olga Baclanova
Olga Baclanova
, Josephine Crowell
Josephine Crowell
Paul Leni
The Man Who Laughs

The Man Who Laughs

Director: Paul Leni Cast: Conrad Veidt
Conrad Veidt
, Mary Philbin
Mary Philbin
, Olga Baclanova
Olga Baclanova
, Josephine Crowell
Josephine Crowell
Paul Leni

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Released with sound effects and a music score that included the song "When Love Comes Smiling" by Walter Hirsch, Lew Pollack and Erno Rapee, Paul Leni's near masterpiece remains one of the silent era's last great romantic melodramas. Based on Victor Hugo's 1869 novel L'Homme qui Rit, The Man Who Laughs starred German import Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine, a carnival freak doomed to live life wearing a perpetual grin carved on his face by Dr Hardquannone (George Siegman because his father, Lord Clancharlie (Allan Cavan), had offended England's King James II (Sam De Grasse). Taken in as a child by Ursus, a mountebank (Cesare Gravina), Gwynplaine grows up alongside the beautiful but blind Dea (Mary Philbin). They fall in love but Gwynplaine refuses to marry her because his hideous face makes him feel unworthy. Queen Anne (Josephine Crowell), meanwhile, has ascended the throne and when she learns from her predecessor's evil jester Barkilphedro (Brandon Hurst) that the recalcitrant Duchess Josiana (Olga Baclanova) is in possession of Lord Clancharlie's estates, she decrees that the royal femme fatale must marry Gwynplaine, the rightful heir. Josiana, who has caught Gwynplaine's act incognito and arranged a rendezvous, is at the same time sexually attracted to and repelled by the "Laughing Man," but Gwynplaine, who realizes that the duchess' attraction has legitimized his right to love Dea, renounces his title and follows his heart to the new World. Although Kirk Douglas was long interested in producing a remake, The Man Who Laughs was instead filmed again as L'Uomo che Ride by Italian director Sergio Corbucci in 1966. Corbucci, however, changed the setting from Queen Anne to the infamous sixteenth century Italian court of the Borgias.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2019
UPC: 0617311686290
Original Release: 1928
Rating: NR
Source: Flicker Alley
Region Code: 1A
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 16,794

Special Features

"Celebrating Universal's Masterpiece" - a new booklet essay written by film historian and author Kevin Brownlow.; Paul Leni and The Man Who Laughs - a visual essay by film historian and author, John Soister, on Leni's work at Universal during this period. (13.42); Rare Image Gallery - a slide show presentation of vintage promotional materials and production stills.; Optional Audio Track - the film's original 1928 Movetone score is presented here as a secondary audio track.; "Notes on the New Score" - a short essay by composer Sonia Coronado of the Berklee School of Music on their new score for The Man Who Laughs.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conrad Veidt Gwynplaine
Mary Philbin Dea
Olga Baclanova Duchess Josiana
Josephine Crowell Queen Anne
George Siegmann Dr. Hardqucinnone
Brandon Hurst Barkilphedro, the Jester
Sam de Grasse James II
Stuart Holmes Lord Dirry-Noir
Cesare Gravina Ursus
Nick De Ruiz Wapentake
Edgar Norton Lord High Chancellor
Torben Meyer The Spy
Julius Molnar Gwynplaine as a Child
Carmen Costello Dea's "Mother"
Lon Poff Actor
Charles Puffy Innkeeper
Frank Puglia Clown
Jack Goodrich Clown
Allan Cavan Actor

Technical Credits
Paul Leni Director
J. Grubb Alexander Screenwriter
Walter Anthony Screenwriter
Edward L. Cahn Editor
Charles Hall Art Director
Walter Hirsch Songwriter
Mary McLean Screenwriter
Thomas F. O'Neill Art Director
Maurice Pivar Editor
Lew Pollack Songwriter
Erno Rapee Songwriter
Gilbert Warrenton Cinematographer
Charles E. Whittaker Screenwriter
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man Who Laughs
1. King James II Decree
2. Comprachicos
3. Gwynplaine - The Laughing Man
4. Barkilphredo - The Jester
5. The Southwark Fair
6. Josiana - The Dutchess
7. Love Is Blind
8. Tears Of A Clown
9. Chatham Prison
10. Lord Clancharlie's Lost Son
11. A Peer Of England
12. The Queen's Command
13. Trapped
14. End Credits

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