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Glen or Glenda ()


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A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

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Scientist
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Inspector Warren
Timothy Farrell ...
Dr. Alton / Narrator
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Barbara
'Tommy' Haynes ...
Alan / Anne
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Glen / Glenda (as Daniel Davis)
Charlie Crafts ...
Johnny (as Charles Crafts)
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Banker / Reporter / Pickup Artist / Bearded Drag (as Connie Brooks)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Bederski ...
Man with Hat and Receding Hairline (uncredited)
Carol Daugherty ...
Woman in Nightmare (uncredited)
Captain DeZita ...
The Devil / Glen's Father (uncredited)
Helen Miles ...
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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)

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Edward D. Wood Jr.

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

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George Weiss ... producer

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William C. Thompson ... director of photography

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'Bud' Schelling

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Harry Thomas ... make-up

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Clancy Malone ... unit director (as Scott McCloud)

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Jack Miles ... settings

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Ben Winkler ... sound technician

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Bert Shipman ... camera operator (as Bert Shipham)
Larry Smith ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Sanford H. Dickinson ... music consultant (as Sandford H. Dickinson)

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Nathan Bailey ... medical advisor (as Dr. Nathan Bailey)
George Weiss ... presenter / produced under personal supervision of
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Plot Summary

"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 doorstep. Beware! Take care! Beware!" Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines Strange Loves... of those who live and love but can never marry! See more »
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Also Known As
  • I Led 2 Lives (United States)
  • Male or Female (United States)
  • I Changed My Sex (United States)
  • Glen or Glenda, Which Is It? (United States)
  • Glen or Glenda? (United States)
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  • 65 min
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Budget $20,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Bela Lugosi was broke and an addict at the time so readily took on a role in the film for which he allegedly was paid $5000. In reality, this figure was probably closer to $1000. See more »
Goofs The headline on the newspaper at the beginning has clearly been taped on. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Sleazemania Strikes Back (1985). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Scientist: Pull the string! Pull the string!
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