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Glen or Glenda (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama | April 1953 (USA)
A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

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Inspector Warren
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Dr. Alton / Narrator
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'Tommy' Haynes ...
Alan / Anne
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Glen / Glenda (as Daniel Davis)
Charles Crafts ...
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Banker / Reporter / Pickup Artist / Bearded Drag (as Connie Brooks)
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"Glen or Glenda" tells two stories. One is about Glen, who secretly dresses as a woman but is afraid to tell his fiancée, Barbara. The other is about Alan, a pseudohermaphrodite who undergoes a painful operation to become a woman. Both stories are told by Dr. Alton, who also delivers an earnest lecture on tolerance and understanding. There is a second narrator, called the Scientist, whose commentary on the action contains more philosophical pronouncements than facts. The movie also has flashbacks-within-flashbacks and a strange dream sequence. We meet Insp. Warren, whose investigation of a transvestite's suicide leads him to learn more about men in women's clothes; Johnny, whose wife left him when she discovered what he wears when she's away; Barbara, oblivious to Glen's desire to wear her angora sweater; Satan, who invades Glen's nightmare; and others. Meanwhile, the Scientist will only offer cryptic advice. "Beware!" he warns. "Beware of the big, green dragon that sits on your ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Strange Loves... of those who live and love but can never marry! See more »

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April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glen or Glenda, Which Is It?  »

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$20,000 (estimated)
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| (1982 re-issue) | (DVD) | (cut)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While Ed Wood played the protagonist, he did so under a pseudonym. The role was credited to "Daniel Davis". See more »

Goofs

When Glen talks with a friend at the kitchen table, he breaks the fork in his hand. The breaking sound clearly occurs before the visual break. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Give this man satin undies, a dress, a sweater and a skirt, or even the lounging outfit he has on, and he's the happiest individual in the world. He can work better, think better, he can play better, and he can be more of a credit to his community and his government because he is happy.
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Crazy Credits

Card at beginning: In the making of this film, which deals with a strange and curious subject, no punches have been pulled-- no easy way out has been taken. Many of the smaller parts are portrayed by persons who actually are, in real life, the character they portray on the screen. This is a picture of stark realism-- taking no sides -- but giving you the facts -- ALL the facts -- as they are today... YOU ARE SOCIETY -- JUDGE YE NOT... See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) See more »

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Czardas
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Music by Vittorio Monti
[plays during the bondage portion of the dream sequence]
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So modern and delicate
29 September 2003 | by (Bern, CH) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie after watching Tim Burton's biography "Ed Wood (1994)". I expected something quite clumsy and was delighted with the result : The questions that are being asked and answered are really interesting and Ed Wood dealt with these a very artistic way. Of course, one could argue this is gross and that the topic lacks subtility but you have to envision yourself back in 1953 and I guess you'll suddenly realise how prophetic this movie was. I gave it 10/10 : I'll watch it again and again.


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