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TCM’S “The Projected Image” Puts Spotlight on Disabilities in Film
The role of disabled actors, or lack thereof, in movies over the years is explored in the month-long festival “The Projected Image” on TCM.
The featured films span from 1927 to ‘87, and if anything, one notices more disabled actors in the earlier films. There’s Harold Russell, who lost his hands as an Army instructor during World War II, playing a disabled veteran in 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives. Two years later, Susan Peters, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a hunting accident, plays a conniving matriarch in the noir thriller Sign of the Ram.
“She’s literally hell on wheels in this thing,” says