The Man Who Laughs

Posted: November 23, 2009 in Cinema, Silent Cinema, The Joker
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Here is the 1928 movie that inspired the creation of the Joker from Batman. This is also the first film in which Jack Pierce does the make up, including that for Conrad Veidt’s character.

To be honest I always thought that the Lon Chaney film Laugh Clown Laugh served as the inspiration for the Joker, until I saw this. Perhaps it was because Chaney was slated for the role that eventually went to Veidt. Chaney had signed a contract with MGM which meant that he could not work on this Universal film. Chaney also appeared as a clown in the earlier movie He Who Gets Slapped.

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