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April 1953 (USA) See more »
Strange Loves... of those who live and love but can never marry! See more »
A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bela Lugosi ... Scientist

Lyle Talbot ... Inspector Warren
Timothy Farrell ... Dr. Alton / Narrator

Dolores Fuller ... Barbara
'Tommy' Haynes ... Alan / Anne

Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Glen / Glenda (as Daniel Davis)
Charles Crafts ... Johnny

Conrad Brooks ... Banker / Reporter / Pickup Artist / Bearded Drag (as Connie Brooks)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Bederski ... Man with Hat and Receding Hairline (uncredited)
Captain DeZita ... The Devil / Glen's Father (uncredited)
Helen Miles ... (uncredited)
Shirley Speril ... Miss Stevens (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Thomas ... Man in Nightmare (uncredited)
William C. Thompson ... Judge (uncredited)
Mr. Walter ... Patrick / Patricia (uncredited)
George Weiss ... Man at Transvestite's Suicide (uncredited)
Evelyn Wood ... Sheila, Glen's Sister (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
Writing credits
Edward D. Wood Jr. (story and written by)

Produced by
George Weiss .... producer
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
'Bud' Schelling 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... make-up
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clancy Malone .... unit director (as Scott McCloud)
Art Department
Jack Miles .... settings
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Shipman .... camera operator (as Bert Shipham)
Larry Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Sanford H. Dickinson .... music consultant (as Sandford H. Dickinson)
Other crew
Nathan Bailey .... medical advisor (as Dr. Nathan Bailey)
George Weiss .... presenter
George Weiss .... produced under personal supervision of
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"I Led 2 Lives" - UK (alternative title), USA (reissue title)
"Glen or Glenda, Which Is It?" - USA (alternative title)
"Male or Female" - USA (poster title)
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65 min | 74 min (1982 re-issue) | 68 min (DVD version) | 61 min (cut) | Argentina:56 min | Australia:71 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 (2004) | Germany:16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:Rejected (original rating) | UK:15 (DVD rating) (2006) | USA:PG (certificate #26341) (Re-Issue 1981)

Did You Know?

Surrealist filmmaker David Lynch called this one of his favorite films. He used the "howling wind" sound effect in Eraserhead (1977).See more »
Continuity: When Dr. Alton is explains the pseudo-hermaphrodite condition to Inspector Warren, he leaves the pen on the table prior to walking to a chart. When Dr. Alton returns to the table, the pen has moved. In the next shot, the pen is back in Dr. Alton's hand.See more »
Scientist:Beware. Beware. Beware of the big, green dragon that sits on your doorstep. He eats little boys, puppy dog tails and big, fat snails. Beware. Take care. Beware.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ed Wood (1994)See more »
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55 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly Bad!, 22 October 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

GLEN OR GLENDA is uniquely bad. Suffice it to say, one has to witness it in order to really believe it. There's almost no point of writing a sensible review of this "movie" because it's beyond wonky. It's so bad that it's almost pure genius. Bunuel couldn't have created a more surreal film than Ed Wood's treatise on the merits of cross-dressing. The "movie" is 70% stock footage or stuff that has nothing to do with the main "story." A huge chunk of the amazing dream sequence is just a nudie cutie. The "acting" is abysmal. Dolores Fuller wins the award for worst actress of all time. The dialogue is so hilarious that it's endlessly quotable. But the whole thing is oddly frank and earnest and because of this, this kooky disaster of a movie actually has a heart, which is more than you can say about most movies out there. I love it. There's almost nothing like it.

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