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Old 15 January 2014, 05:03 PM
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I thought the character of Joan Weldon in Them! was surprisingly advanced for her time. She's the scientist's daughter, but is a fully qualified etymologist herself, and insists on going underground into the giant ant's nest because she's the only one who knows what to look for (and her father is too frail). She does scream, but only when one of the giant ants attacks her, and acquits herself well.

Going further back, Chaplin's Modern Times shows both cocaine use and homosexuality in prison. The former is given the spotlight, but the latter can be missed (look at the guy two places in front of Chaplin at 1:43 of the linked clip). It clearly plays to the gay stereotype of the time, of course, but the concept was fairly sophisticated for the time.
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