greta de groat wrote:I'm not sure about the 30s, but in the 20s--if the leading man is maimed during the course of the film and ends up in a wheelchair, at the end he will be inspired by something (love, faith, patriotism) and he'll get up out of that wheelchair and stand and maybe even walk. Thus contributing to the pernicious suspicion that sick or disabled people are either faking it or have caused themselves to be sick and don't want to get well badly enough. This is one trope that has come to ruin the whole movie for me.
Weirdly enough, I am currently in a wheelchair with three broken limbs following a motor vehicle accident, and I was inspired to get up out of my chair suddenly because one of our parrots was fighting with a friend's parrot that we are bird-sitting, and I had to break it up before some injury befell their poor feathered friend.
Maybe not as strong a force as love, faith or patriotism, but when you have to break up a birdy battle, you had better do it briskly.