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THE CASE OF THE LEGLESS VETERAN

USA, 1981 (MIFF 1982)

Director: Howard Petrick

The story of a petty clerk in the Veteran Administration who was fired in 1948 because of his membership in the Socialist Workers' Party. James Kutcher, who left his legs on a World War 2 battlefield, decided to make a principled fight against the Federal Employee Loyalty Program's decision, a fight based on his right to his political beliefs. Kutcher, a member of the Party since 1938, relates the story of his 10-year case. Interviews with him and other individuals are combined with documentation to set Kutcher's experience within a political, economic and social context of the post-war decade.

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