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Glen or Glenda?

Glen or Glenda?(1953)

Also Known As: He or She | I Changed My Sex | I Led Two Lives | The Transvestite |

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Brief Synopsis

Upon discovering the suicide of a known transvestite, the police inspector seeks enlightenment from a psychiatrist familiar with the phenomenom. The psychiatrist tells him two tales. Glen is to be married to Barbara, but must find a way to tell her of his desire to wear her angora sweater, and of his cross-dressing needs in general. Another is the story of Alan, who decides to physically become a female via surgery (based on the contemporary story of Christine Jorgensen). Throughout the film a scientist inanely babbles about life and death in order to somehow elucidate the story.

Cast & Crew

Bela Lugosi Scientist
Lyle Talbot Inspector [Warren]
Timothy Farrell Psychiatrist [Dr. Alton]
Daniel Davis Glen-Glenda
"Tommy" Haynes Alan-Ann
William C. Thompson Director of Photography
Bert Shipham Camera Operator
Edward D. Wood Jr. Original Story
George Weiss Presented By

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  PG Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1953 Production Date:  EB & UCLA has VHS P-VA11726M from fair print;
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co: 
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Screen Classics Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  65 or 67 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  5,832    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • To Be or not to Be (a Woman)

    disinterested spectator 2014-09-04

    There is a scene in this movie where a transvestite named Glen finally decides to tell his fiance, Barbara, that he likes being "Glenda," which... MORE>

  • Among the BEST of the WORST!

    John Wilson RAZZIE Awards 2008-05-26

    Told as only Ed wood could tell it (with Wood playing the cross-dressing title role himself!) this is the story of one man's quest to get into his... MORE>

  • Not a bad movie

    Reginald Ruptowski 2007-08-25

    I have seen this movie at least 50 times and I still can't figure out why I watch it.Ed Wood is as nutty as they come and all his movies are wacky but... MORE>