4.2/10
7,385
130 user 46 critic

Glen or Glenda (1953)

PG | | Drama | April 1953 (USA)
A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writer:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (story and written by)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon
Jail Bait (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Herbert Rawlinson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Phony spiritualist raises the dead.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Tor Johnson
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Jean Fontaine
Ed Wood (1994)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A couple hire a detective to locate their missing daughter. He finds her in a "house of ill-repute."

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: L.G. Allard, Nona Carver, Linda Colpin
The Sun Was Setting (TV Short 1951)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman is dying in her apartment. Two friends visit her and she tells them she wants to go to Chinatown. They convince her not to go, and then leave themselves. Unable to stand her ... See full summary »

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Angela Stevens, Tom Keene, Phyllis Coates
Nympho Cycler (1971)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A beautiful, love starved woman named Misty, leaves an abusive relationship with an odd man. She joins a pack of bikers and many sexual escapades and intense happenings occur on her adventure into a new freedom.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Casey Larrain, Edward D. Wood Jr., Stud Stetson
The Black Cat (1934)
Adventure | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Cautionary tale features a fictionalized take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.

Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles
Final Curtain (1957)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

After a horror play's final performance, The Vampire roams the theater.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Duke Moore, Dudley Manlove, Jeannie Stevens
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Scientist
Lyle Talbot ... Inspector Warren
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Dr. Alton / Narrator
Dolores Fuller ... Barbara
'Tommy' Haynes 'Tommy' Haynes ... Alan / Anne
Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Glen / Glenda (as Daniel Davis)
Charlie Crafts Charlie Crafts ... Johnny (as Charles Crafts)
Conrad Brooks ... Banker / Reporter / Pickup Artist / Bearded Drag (as Connie Brooks)
Edit

Storyline

"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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Daring and True EXPOSÉ...of a HUSH-HUSH Subject! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glen or Glenda? See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Screen Classics (II) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1982 re-issue) | (DVD) | (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Did not get a New York City playdate until 1963. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: Glen is not a homosexual. Glen is a transvestite, but he is not a homosexual.
See more »

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 »

Alternate Versions

The Australian release DVD on "Hollyweird" is 71 minutes long. It contains most of the additional material described above. See more »

Connections

Featured in Horrible Horror (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Czardas
(uncredited)
Music by Vittorio Monti
[plays during the bondage portion of the dream sequence]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
So modern and delicate
29 September 2003 | by bithokSee 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.


13 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 130 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed