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John Wayne as "Supercrip": Disabled Bodies and the Construction of "Hard" Masculinity in The Wings of Eagles

From: Cinema Journal
48, Number 2, Winter 2009
pp. 88-113 | 10.1353/cj.0.0084



Analyzing John Wayne's characteristically active body depicted as a disabled body in the 1957 film The Wings of Eagles, this essay situates discourses of disability, demobilization, the nuclear family, and medical technologies within Wayne's articulation of "hard" masculinity in the 1950s, complicating typical approaches to Hollywood's representation of disability.