The Joker: Hollywood heritage

July 24, 2012 | 12:21 p.m.

The Joker was modeled on Conrad Veidt's character in "The Man Who Laughs" (1928) who endures a horrific punishment  -- a permanent "grin" is carved into his face. Veidt later costarred in "Casablanca." (Kino Video; Universal Pictures)

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