The Man Who Laughs (1928 movie)

1928 silent film by Paul Leni

The Man Who Laughs is a 1928 American silent romantic drama movie directed Paul Leni. The movie is based of Victor Hugo's 1869 novel of the same name and stars Mary Philbin as the blind Dea and Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine. The movie is known for the grim carnival freak-like grin.[1]

Critic Roger Ebert said, "The Man Who Laughs is a melodrama, at times even a swashbuckler, but so steeped in Expressionist gloom that it plays like a horror film."[2]


  1. PopMatters Staff. "PopMatters: The Man Who Laughs". Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  2. Roger Ebert. "Roger Ebert: Great Movies: The Man Who Laughs (1928)". Archived from the original on 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2007-01-11.