Handicapped persons in Hitchcock's films
Handicapped persons in Hitchcock's films are often introduced for comic relief purposes.
The Farmer’s Wife, 1927/1928
The vicar brings his mother to the party
Rich and Strange, 1932
On the boat, one of the women has a significant limitation of visual capability
The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1934
One of the bad guys is wearing a bandage around the head
The 39 Steps, 1935
The leader of the spy organization The 39 Steps is missing a finger
Secret Agent, 1935/1936
The supervisor of the commemoration for Ashenden is missing one arm
The hotel foyer when Ashenden arrives: a man is sitting in a wheelchair
Rogers from the aeroplane factory, the first to be interviewed after the fire, has severe injuries on his arms
The blind seer (parallell scene: Bride of Frankenstein.
In the circus troupe there are several handicapped persons.
For his cameo in Saboteur, Hitchcock originally wanted to do a cameo with his secretary Carol Stevens as deaf and dumb persons walking down the street. Then Hitchcock was to have made a presumably indecent proposal using sign language, resulting in the woman slapping him in the face. It was, however, not considered a proper reflection of people that were handicapped.
Shadow of a Doubt, 1942/1943
Uncle Charlie fakes an illness on the train and when he gets off
To Catch a Thief, 1954/1955
The limping waiter.
North by Northwest 1958/1959
One of Roger O. Thornhill's business associates is hard of hearing. He puts his hand behind his ear to hear better.
Hitchcock's cameo: he is sitting in a wheelchair on the airport, but gets up when he meets a friend
The French traitor Henri Jarre is limping and uses one crutch
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