the thing I learned today
February 16, 2011
So, I’ve been researching the silent movie era for a story I’m writing. And I learned something cool. Conrad Veidt was a prominent actor of the era, but he’s probably best known for playing Major Strasser in Casablanca. Cool, right? But one of his earlier roles was in a silent movie called The Man Who Laughs. Apparently, Bob Kane, creator of Batman, saw this as a kid and, deeply
scarred influenced by Veidt’s character, introduced the Joker.
Everyone else probably already knew this…