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Glen or Glenda?(1953)

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  • To Be or not to Be (a Woman)

    • disinterested spectator
    • 9/4/14

    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 involves his wearing women's clothing, including panties, stockings, and high-heeled shoes, as well as a wig and makeup. He especially says he longs to wear her angora sweater. She is shocked but decides to accept him as he is. She stands up, removes her angora sweater, and hands it to him. Is this scene realistic? It probably is, because the man is played by director Ed Wood, who was a transvestite himself, and the woman playing Barbara is Wood's wife. With psychotherapy, Glen is cured, and we are told that Barbara becomes not only his wife, but also Glenda, his sister, and his mother. Is there an incest angle in that? There might as well be, because the movie also has a nightmare sequence involving bondage, flogging, and rape. Another transvestite named Alan really wants to be a woman, and so he has a sex change operation. Although the movie treats the subject sympathetically, when the surgery is over and Alan has become Ann, the doctor relating the story proudly refers to the result as a "Frankenstein monster." Given that, they should have had Boris Karloff rather than Bela Lugosi be the puppet master.

  • Among the BEST of the WORST!

    • John Wilson RAZZIE Awards
    • 5/26/08

    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 fiance's drawers...her underwear and sweater drawers, that is! With incredibly awkward "dream sequences," frequent use of jumbled stock footage and other-worldy narration by horror- movie-king/hop-head Bela Lugosi, this is Wood's greatest "masterpiece"...well, piece of something, anyway!

  • Not a bad movie

    • Reginald Ruptowski
    • 8/25/07

    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 fun.

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