Later, the scene turns to the streets of a city, with the narrator commenting that each human has his/her own thoughts, ideas, and personality. He acts as a sort of narrator but gives no narration relevant to the plot; that job is reserved for the film's primary narrator, Timothy Farrell.[6]. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved.

So he seeks the office of Dr. Alton, who narrates for him the story of Glen/Glenda. The erotic-themed vignettes were not created by Wood. A large number of spectres appear, all gazing at him with disapproval, as if serving as the jury of public opinion on his perceived deviance. [2] The story returns to Glen, who confides in a transvestite friend of his, John, whose wife left him after catching him wearing her clothes. Patrick/Patricia had been arrested four times for cross-dressing in public, and had spent time in prison. One is a sign that a new life has begun, the other that a life has ended. Wood played the eponymous character, but under the pseudonym "Daniel Davis". He needed extra scenes to add to what he felt was an overly-short film. Release Dates Shot in four days, the film was loosely inspired by the sex reassignment surgery of Christine Jorgensen, which made national headlines in the U.S. in 1952.

They were an outsider as a child, trying to be one of the girls and consequently rejected by schoolmates of both sexes. At this point, the film was reviewed seriously, and reclaimed as a radical work, by Steve Jenkins in the Monthly Film Bulletin. As she sleeps, a predatory male approaches and rapes her, with the victim seeming partially willing by the end of it.

And he did, despite his father's protests. A suicide note explains the reasons behind the suicide. She offers them an angora sweater as a sign of acceptance. was Edward D. Wood Jr’s first film as director.
Wood persuaded Lugosi, at the time poor and drug-addicted, to appear in the movie. Dirks,Tim. Her pleasure is interrupted by another woman who forcibly binds and gags her. [2] While not organic parts of the narrative, they seem to tell their own tales of gender dynamics and so fit in the general themes of the film.

The film begins with a narrator, called The Scientist (Bela Lugosi), making cryptic comments about humanity. As is recounted in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) biopic, the film began when Wood sought to exploit the topicality of the world’s first sex-change operation with Christine Jorgensen in 1952. (uncredited), Man at Transvestite's Suicide Weldon, Michael (1983). (as Connie Brooks), Man with Hat and Receding Hairline It was produced by George Weiss who also made the exploitation film Test Tube Babies that same year.[1]. Glen or Glenda? "[2][3], Inspector Warren is puzzled and wants to know more about cross-dressing. The dream sequence ends. [2], Alton narrates that Glen is torn between the idea of being honest with Barbara before their wedding, or waiting until after. The life which has ended is that of a transvestite named Patrick/Patricia, who has committed suicide. Dr. Alton points out that men's clothes are dull and restrictive, whereas women can adorn themselves with attractive and comfortable clothing. They were conscripted in World War II, maintaining a secret life throughout their military service. The mocking voices return. He is soon confronted by two spectral figures. The narrative shifts briefly from Glen's story to how society reacts to sex change operations. [2], The narrative explains that Glen is a transvestite, but not a homosexual. alliance with faded star Bela Lugosi, and unleashed the trademark more, Lyle Talbot [2][3] A flashback scene reveals that a young Glen started out by asking to wear his sister's dress for a Halloween party. [2] The scene shifts from a speechless Glen to footage of a stampeding herd of bison, while the Scientist calls for Glen to "Pull the string". In 1994, Tim Burton chronicled the troubled production of Glen or Glenda in Ed Wood. The Devil and spectres also shift to mocking Glenda. The priest seems normal but the best man is a stereotypical devil, smiling ominously, suggesting that this marriage is damned. They were reportedly added by producer George Weiss. He first comments that humanity's constant search for the unknown results in startling things coming to light. is an essential item in the cult of Edward D. Wood Jr, director of the infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). Domestically, the film was limited in release, having been pre-sold to some theaters (under alternative titles such including I Led Two Lives, He or She? Then the Devil departs, Glen turns into Glenda, and the spectres retreat.

[2], Later, a scene opens with Glen/Glenda walking the city streets at night. The critic Leonard Maltin names Glen or Glenda as "possibly the worst movie ever made".

[2] The dream shifts to the Scientist, who seems to speak to the unseen dragon, asking it what it eats. The dream opens with Barbara anguished at seeing Glenda. Charles Crofts. They seem to be silently reacting to the various images. [2][3] She has no idea that certain of her clothes are fetish objects for him.