The Sign of the Ram (1948)

Genres - Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Susan Peters, a fine actress of the 1940s whose career was curtailed by an accident which left her wheelchair-bound, utilizes her handicap to her advantage in Sign of the Ram. Peters plays an invalid wife and mother who exercises dictatorial control over all around her. Peters' loved ones are willing to forgive her nastiness due to her condition--a fact that she realizes fully and exploits to the utmost. Eventually her atrocious behavior leaves Peters alone and friendless, but even in her darkest moments she insists upon being a "control freak" and engineers her own spectacular death. Far more tasteful than it sounds, Sign of the Ram was a worthwhile valedictory vehicle for Susan Peters, who died a few years after the film's release.

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mother, woman, handicap, matriarch, emotional-problems, control, demands, family, wheelchair