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NM1112_CB1TCM’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

[Lawrence] Carter-Long. “If the industry could do something like that in 1948, you have to ask, why aren’t they doing it now?”
— Robert Ito,

Does Spending a Day in a Wheelchair Teach Anyone Anything?
Here’s what one of NEW MOBILITY’s Facebook followers had to say about it:

I’ve lost count of the number of politicians that have approached me all proud because they’ve spent a whole day in a wheelchair puttering around their office. Bully for you, now leave the damn office, go down town to your favorite restaurant, take a cab or other public transportation, visit some historical buildings. Remember you can’t use your legs and go to th