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

Saboteur, 1942

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.

Hitchcock Saboteur cameo

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.

Topaz, 1968-69/1969

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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