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Back when Saying Retarted was Being Polite

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Bert and Mert (both played by Peter Whitney) in Murder, He Says (1945). Shown at far left and right in this photo:


Intellectually disabled twins would be really interesting.

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Does anyone know any pre-1977 movies with intellectually disabled characters?

Light in the Piazza (1962) Yvette Mimieux. Her character was kicked in the head by horse  as a young child and has the mental  and emotional  capacity of a young teen. Lovely film, stars Olivia de Havilland as her mom, Rossano Brazzi, Barry Sullivan as her father and George Hamilton  

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Continuing on with the theme of politeness, wouldn't it be a

good idea to proofread the thread title for possible spelling



~Jack Warden as Benjy Compson in The Sound and the

Fury (1959). Considering the mental problems of the rest

of the Compson clan, he might have been one of the most

sensible members of that ensemble.


~Chuck McCann as Antonapolos in The Heart Is a Lonely

Hunter (1968). Not what people usually think of when they

think of Chuck McCann.


Making spelling errors is being impolite?    I need to ask Miss Manners about that. 


Just to ensure I'm not being impolite,  when I used re-tarted,   I was making a play on words related to tart;  i.e. a female known for being fresh or provocative.    While I'm known for making sloppy spelling mistakes (ask Cesar Romero),   I didn't mean to be rude.

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I saw Ricky a few days ago.  It was really good. 


I wonder if it's an Incredible Hulk trait to not resolve everything at the end of the show; the one about the abused kid was almost inconclusive too though on a more crucial point than in Ricky.

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