Jerry Robinson first found inspiration for the Joker from a deck of playing cards, but something was missing. According to legend, Robinson found something interesting in watching Bill Finger's 1928 film, The Man Who Laughs. Here's a plot summary below...
Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by the King, in revenge for Gwynplaine's father's treachery. Gwynplaine is adopted by a travelling showman and becomes a popular idol. He falls in love with the blind Dea. The king dies, and his evil jester tries to destroy or corrupt Gwynplaine.
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