Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Glen or Glenda

1953 American Feature
Alternate Titles: Glen or Glenda? / He or She? / I Changed My Sex! / I Led Two Lives

Cast: Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell, Dolores Fuller, Tommy Haynes, Daniel Davis, Charles Crafts and Connie Brooks
Writer/Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.

Following the suicide of a transvestite, a police inspector seeks enlightenment from a psychiatrist, who relates the stories of conflicted cross-dresser Glen/Glenda and pseudo-hermaphrodite Alan/Anne.


  • Internet Movie Database: 4.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 32% / Audience: 33%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

  • DVD: Available


  • Feature film directorial debut of Edward D. Wood Jr., who plays the title character(s) under the name Daniel Davis. Wood himself was a cross-dresser, and the film, semi-autobiographical in nature, was a plea for tolerance. It was his only film that he didn't also produce.
  • Shot in four days, the film was loosely inspired by the headline-making sex reassignment surgery of Christine Jorgensen, who turned down several offers to appear in the film.
  • Actress Dolores Fuller was Edward D. Wood Jr.'s girlfriend at the time of filming.
  • Ed Wood later resurrected Glen/Glenda in his pulp novels Killer in Drag (1963) and Death of a Transvestite (1967).
  • Widely considered one of the worst films ever made, it has become a cult film due to its low-budget production values and idiosyncratic style. It is listed among the Top Ten Best Bad Films ever made in The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
  • Reissued in 1982 with six minutes of additional footage, including a scene of Glen rejecting a pass made to him by a gay man.
  • A hardcore pornographic remake, titled Glen and Glenda, was released on video in 1994. The title roles were played by Steven St. Croix and Kaitlyn Ashley.

Related Movies:
  • Featured in the biopic Ed Wood and the documentary Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora.

OMG Movie #501

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