Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Christine Jorgensen Story

1970 American Feature

Cast: John Hansen, Joan Tompkins, Quinn Redeker, John W. Himes, Ellen Clark and Rod McCary
Director: Irving Rapper
Writers: Robert E. Kent and Ellis St Joseph, based on the book Christine Jorgensen, a Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen

The life of Christine Jorgensen, the world's first famous transsexual.


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.4/10
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Christine Jorgensen, a Personal Autobiography was first published in 1967.
  • While the overall premise of The Christine Jorgensen Story is accurate, many of the details are fictionalized for the continuity of the film.
  • Director Irving Rapper (who was gay) said producer Edward Small gave him the job as director because it required someone "who had sensitivity".
  • Regarding the casting of the title role, Christine Jorgensen said, "Every female impersonator in the world came flying into Hollywood demanding he was Christine".
  • One of the film's major advertising tag lines was the erroneous claim "The First Man to Become a Woman!" In truth, as the movie makes clear, others had undergone similar surgery earlier, but Christine Jorgensen was simply the first well-publicized sex change case.
  • Christine Jorgensen would later try, unsuccessfully, to get a restraining order to stop Edward Small's estate from exploiting the film, claiming Small diverted $100,000 owed to her for his own use. Jorgensen also said she was concerned that United Artist would exploit the film as a B movie.

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