A.I.D.S

Amnesia

Amputee

Autism

Blind

Cancer

Deaf

Disfigurement

Dwarf

General

Learning Difficulty

Limb

Mental

Polio

Stuttering

Recommended by Title

Recommended by Disability

Dwarfism: Major Films   no photo.
TitleWoman for Joe, A (1955)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityDwarf
CountryUK
Length90
GenreCircus
Rating1
DirectorGeorge Moore O'Ferrell
CastGeorge Baker Diane Cliento Jimmy Karoubi Earl Cameron Violet Farebrother David Kossof
NotesThis is an exploitation film which has no sense of its own shame. The owner of a fair ground buys a dwarf, rubber man to enhance his business. Jimmy Karoubil who plays George is always referred to as a midget. Technically this is or was correct since a little person who was proportionally small was called a midget, while one whose head was proportionally bigger than the body was called a dwarf. But for a while now midget has been considered an offensive term. Though when I read nearly everyday of people who are "wheel-bound" or "afflicted" with their disability one wonders how much has changed. But this film has no self-consciousness. When you can buy a "midget" for 86 and sell him for 250 that's business. The boss of the fair is kind to his 'little friend'. On his birthday he buys him a dwarf woman for 100. But as George says "I hate midgets". In a so called accident but is really a bit of fun George is injured when the fair workers collapse a tent with him inside leaving him with a punctured lung and pneumonia. As he recovers a Hungarian singer joins the fair and he falls in love with "a big woman". Unfortunately the fair's boss falls for her too. And when George joins the trapeze act you know he's going to die leaving the stage free for the "big man".

 Back to Home Page