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date: 19 October 2020

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The 1945 Warner Bros. film Pride of the Marines offers a revealing case study for ways that a Hollywood film could represent visual impairments. Based on an actual Marine who had suffered serious vision loss while fighting in World War II, this film had a number of people working on it who would soon find themselves suffering under from the politics of anticommunism (two of its writers were among the Hollywood Ten, and its star actor was also blacklisted). In addition to visual elements, dialogue, and acting techniques, the music provides an important dimension to the ways blindness could be represented and stereotyped in a Hollywood film, and in so doing it points to the largely undiscussed questions of music in the way disabilities were depicted in films.

Keywords: Pride of the Marines, blindness, film music

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