World Deaf Culture Films, TV Movies and TV series

by dean11mck | created - 17 Nov 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

We can see where the Deaf or hearing impaired actors/actresses (or hearing actors/actresses who play as deaf or mute) appeared in this movies, straight-to-DVDs, TV movies, TV series, short films, and documentary films listing with using the world's sign languages and other communications.

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1. Deaf Mute Recitation (1901)

Short, Documentary

A young girl reciting "The Star Spangled Banner" in sign language as taught at Gallaudet Institute.

2. Wolcott Coombs: The Phenomenal Deaf and Blind Boy (1912)

Documentary, Short

Young Coombs is deaf and blind and only seventeen years of age, yet in three years he has accumulated more education and practical knowledge than most sighted boys master in twice that time... See full summary »

Star: Wolcott Coombs

3. What New York Is Doing for Its Deaf, Dumb and Blind (1913)

Documentary, Short

The wonderful progress made by science in helping the afflicted is demonstrated in this interesting production. We see deaf and dumb children regaining the power of speech through the ... See full summary »

4. Deliverance (1919)

90 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of Helen Keller, who lost her vision and hearing at the age of two, was considered a hopeless case, but who through the diligent aid of teacher Anne Sullivan became a ... See full summary »

Director: George Foster Platt | Stars: Etna Ross, Tula Belle, Edith Lyle, Betty Schade

Votes: 44

Silent film tells the life story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Etna Ross (as young), Ann Mason (as young woman) and herself, and her teacher, Annie Sullivan played by Edith Lyle (as young woman) and herself.

6. You'd Be Surprised (1926)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery

A diamond is stolen at a houseboat party given by the district attorney. He gives the thief a chance to return it by putting an empty box on a table and turning out the lights. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Rosson | Stars: Edward Martindel, Earle Williams, Tom McGuire, Dorothy Sebastian

Votes: 35

A Victor/Victoria-esque Deaf role where Granville Redmond, a Deaf actor, played a hearing guy pretending to be a Deaf guy in order to provide the plot twist.

A Korean silent film based on a short story by Na Do-Hyang about a deaf servant (played by Korean actor Na Woon-gyu) who's in love with his landlord's daughter-in-law.

8. The Man Who Played God (1932)

TV-G | 80 min | Drama, Romance

After losing his hearing, a musician uses lip-reading to help others.

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: George Arliss, Bette Davis, Violet Heming, André Luguet

Votes: 820

9. Beggars in Ermine (1934)

Passed | 72 min | Drama

John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Betty Furness, Henry B. Walthall, Jameson Thomas

Votes: 89

10. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 899

Loretta Young played as Alexander Graham Bell's wife, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard, who contracted scarlet fever at an early age and became completely deaf. She used to lip-read and speak, not ASL.

11. Lady Gangster (1942)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Dot Burton (Faye Emerson) has acted as a decoy in a bank robbery and fails to get away. Her arrest attracts the attention of Ken Phillips (Frank Wilcox), a former childhood sweetheart who ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Faye Emerson, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Roland Drew

Votes: 387

Dorothy Adams played as deaf woman, Annie.

12. Le loup des Malveneur (1943)

99 min | Horror, Mystery

A young governess arrives at the Castle of the Malveneurs and begins to investigate some peculiar disappearances.

Director: Guillaume Radot | Stars: Madeleine Sologne, Pierre Renoir, Gabrielle Dorziat, Michel Marsay

Votes: 59

AKA The Wolf Malveneur.

13. Une vie de chien (1943)

84 min

Bourdillon is the only teacher in Mister Calumet's boarding- school for girls ;his headmaster ,who keeps on stuffing himself with food ,soon dies of indigestion.The teacher ,in love with ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Cammage | Stars: Fernandel, Édouard Delmont, Josseline Gaël, Tramel

Votes: 10

AKA A Dog's Life.

14. And Now Tomorrow (1944)

Approved | 86 min | Drama

Emily Blair is rich and deaf. Doctor Vance, who grew up poor in Blairtown, is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily. It doesn't work. Her sister is carrying on an ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, Susan Hayward, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 293

Actress Loretta Young played as Emily Blair, who becomes deaf after contracting meningitis, trying to find a cure for her deafness. She used to read lips.

15. Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Holmes is recruited to escort the heir to a European throne safely back to his homeland after his father's assassination.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Riordan, Rosalind Ivan

Votes: 2,998

William 'Wee Willie' Davis played as a deaf-mute killer, Gubec, who used sign languages to communicate.

16. Out of the Past (1947)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming

Votes: 29,410

Dickie Moore, a former child actor, played as Jeff Bailey's (Robert Mitchum) deaf young assistant.

17. Johnny Belinda (1948)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama

In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 3,890

Jane Wyman played a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

18. No Way Out (1950)

Passed | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 3,851

19. Crash of Silence (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

Mandy Garland was born deaf and has been mute for all of her life. Her parents believe she is able to speak if she can only be taught and enroll her with a special teacher.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle

Votes: 597

Based on the book The Day Is Ours by Hilda Lewis about in this British film about a family drama involving a deaf-mute child played by English child actress Mandy Miller.

20. Flesh and Fury (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

A deaf boxer is exploited by a gold-digging blonde.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling, Mona Freeman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 259

22. The Unconquered (1954)

Approved | 55 min | Documentary

This documentary chronicles the life of Helen Keller, who was struck by an illness as a young child that left her both blind and deaf. Aided by her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller is... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Hamilton | Stars: Katharine Cornell, Helen Keller, Polly Thompson, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Votes: 54

A biographical documentary film about a blind and deaf girl who struggle her life.

23. Thursday's Children (1954)

Approved | 21 min | Documentary, Short

Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »

Directors: Lindsay Anderson, Guy Brenton | Star: Richard Burton

Votes: 269

A British short documentary film about The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent, UK.

24. The Court Jester (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 10,568

25. Sincerely Yours (1955)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

Tony Warrin has it all: a popular pianist who plays any style, he has money, great clothes, a penthouse overlooking Central Park, a rich blond fiancée, a loyal brunette secretary secretly ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Liberace, Joanne Dru, Dorothy Malone, Alex Nicol

Votes: 285

26. The First Texan (1956)

Approved | 82 min | Biography, Drama, History

Eastern lawyer Sam Houston moves to Texas. At the request of President Jackson, he leads the Texan independence movement and wins the decisive battle against the Mexican army to gain Texas independence.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford

Votes: 323

Real-life American frontiersman Erastus "Deaf" Smith (played by Chubby Johnson) appeared in this part of story about the Texas Revolution and the Army of the Republic of Texas. He used to lip reading.

27. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,112

American and silent movie actor Lon Chaney's (played by James Cagney) parents were deaf mutes and used ASL in this real-life film.

28. No Road Back (1957)

83 min | Crime

A blind and deaf woman dedicates her life and sacrifices all she has for her son, a good-for-nothing troublemaker who gets mixed up with a criminal gang that tries to frame him for a robbery.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Skip Homeier, Paul Carpenter, Patricia Dainton, Norman Wooland

Votes: 69

29. The Story of Esther Costello (1957)

103 min | Drama

Eighteen-year-old Esther has been deaf and blind since the accident which killed her mother. Wealthy Margaret Landi, a native of Esther's village in Ireland, is talked into helping to ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Heather Sears, Rossano Brazzi, Lee Patterson

Votes: 631

English actress Heather Sears played the title role, a 15-year-old deaf and blind Irish girl.

30. For the First Time (1959)

Unrated | 92 min | Musical

The brilliance of one of the world's most beloved tenors and the exciting world of opera highlight this delightful romantic adventure set in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Tonio Costa... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Mario Lanza, Johanna von Koczian, Kurt Kasznar, Hans Söhnker

Votes: 233

German actress Johanna von Koczian played a young German woman, Christa, who happens to be deaf.

31. The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts

Votes: 6,427

Martha (played by Judith Evelyn), who is deaf and mute and a movie theatre owner's wife and used ASL.

33. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,451

Violetta Ferrari played a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

35. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 14,716

True story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Patty Duke and her teacher of the deaf and blind, Anne Sullivan played by Anne Bancroft.

36. Gigot (1962)

104 min | Comedy

Jackie Gleason plays a mute janitor who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Katherine Kath, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Lefebvre

Votes: 1,038

37. The Dumb Samyong (1964)

85 min | Drama

Deaf Samryong works as a farmhand. He loves the landlord's daughter-in-law. This film describes his true love and humanity to resist old customs.

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Jin Kyu Kim, Eun-hie Choi, No-shik Park, Do Kum-Bong

Votes: 22

A South Korean remake film of 1929's Beongeoli Sam-Ryong in the same short story. Kim Jin-kyu played as a deaf farmhand who's in love with the landlord's daughter-in-law.

38. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror

Upon returning to his home village to continue his experimental research, the destitute Dr. Frankenstein revives his old creature, but a hypnotist wants the monster to control for himself.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont, Sandor Elès

Votes: 3,235

Frankenstein (Peter Cushing) and Hans (Sandor Elès) nearly run over Rena the Begger Girl (played by Katy Wild), a wild haired, deaf-mute young woman, who is being accosted by a couple of thugs.

39. Vision On (1965–1976)

30 min | Family

A show presenting art projects and pantomime performances oriented for a hearing impaired youth audience.

Stars: Pat Keysell, Rex Hays, Ralph Thompson, Robin Pitman

Votes: 60

English actress Pat Keysell, who is fluent in British Sign Language (BSL) taught deaf children in this British children's television programmee.

40. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War

A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 7,197

Polish-Jewish actress Ida Kamińska played as an old, near-deaf Jewish woman and owner of the sewing notion store.

41. Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

A mint worker accidentally destroys some money and decides to break in and reprint it, but find he has some unwanted partners.

Director: Howard Morris | Stars: Jim Hutton, Dorothy Provine, Milton Berle, Joey Bishop

Votes: 888

42. Johnny Belinda (1967 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Mia Farrow, Ian Bannen, David Carradine, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 19

Mia Farrow played as a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald based on the play of the same name by Elmer Blaney Harris.

43. Psych-Out (1968)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern

Votes: 2,207

Susan Strasberg played as Jenny, a deaf runaway who can only understand others through lip reading.

44. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

G | 123 min | Drama

When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter.

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Chuck McCann, Peter Mamakos

Votes: 3,262

Alan Arkin played a deaf-mute John Singer with use ASL.

More true story of a brave deaf and blind Helen Keller played by Peri Weinstein and her teacher of the deaf and blind, Anne Sullivan played by Barboura Morris.

47. Hoa Binh (1970)

GP | 93 min | Drama

A small Vietnamese boy grows up during the horrors and hardships of The Vietnam War era.

Director: Raoul Coutard | Stars: Phi Lan, Huynh Cazenas, Le Quynh, Marcel Lan Phuong

Votes: 50

48. The Wild Child (1970)

G | 83 min | Drama