Watch: Glen or Glenda 1953 123movies, Full Movie Online – “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. A second narrator, The Scientist, delivers commentary which contains more philosophical pronouncements than facts. The film also has flashbacks-within-flashbacks and a strange dream sequence; Inspector Warren’s investigation of a transvestite’s suicide leads him to learn more about men in women’s clothes; Johnny’s wife leaves him when she discovers what he wears while she’s away; Barbara is oblivious to her fiancé Glen’s desire to wear her angora sweater; Satan invades Glen’s nightmare; and The Scientist only offers cryptic advice like “Beware of the big green dragon that sits on your doorstep.”.
Plot: A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a trans woman, the other of a pseudohermaphrodite.
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“Glen or Glenda” was Edward D. Wood Jr’s first attempt at directing a feature film. For this he chose a topic near and dear to his heart…transvestism, the “art” of a man wanting to dress in women’s clothes. To his credit, Wood tried to deal with subject matter that was largely taboo in 1953. Unfortunately, Wood had neither the budget nor the know how to make the film.
The story opens with a prologue by Bela Lugosi that makes little sense and then moves to the discovery of a dead transvestite Glen/Glenda (Daniel Davis aka Ed Wood). Inspector Warren (Lyle Talbot) with the help of psychiatrist Dr. Alton (Timothy Farrell) tries to understand why a man would want to live (and die) this way.
Glen is engaged to Barbara (Dolores Fuller) and is reluctant to tell her of his obsession. And that’s it. We see endless stock footage shots of anything from freeway traffic to soldiers landing on the beach, interspersed with shots of Wood walking down the same street dressed as either Glen or Glenda and looking longingly at women’s clothes in a store window. Poor old Bela, who was down on his luck and befriended by Wood, keeps popping in throughout the story. I’m not 100% sure but I think Bela’s scenes were added for his name value after the body of the movie was completed.
To add to the confusion of Lugosi’s narration, Farrell as Dr. Alton also provides off screen narration. Lugosi keeps saying, bevare, bevare…take care, take care, as well as, some gibberish about snakes and snails and puppy dog’s tails.
The story also deals with a transvestite who has a successful sex change operation and tries to explain the difference between that person and Wood’s character(s). The dream sequences are laughable. A wedding sequence in which someone dressed as the devil appears is a good example. Wood also gives us an apparent rape scene with the actors(?) fully clothed but leaving little to the imagination, risqué for 1953.
This film along with Wood’s other “classics” were so bad that they became embraced by the public as cult classics over the years. For that reason, they have survived to this day.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 5 min (65 min), 56 min (Argentina), 1 hr 14 min (74 min) (1982 re-issue), 1 hr 8 min (68 min) (DVD), 1 hr 1 min (61 min) (cut), 1 hr 11 min (71 min) (DVD) (Australia)
Director Edward D. Wood Jr.
Writer Edward D. Wood Jr.
Actors Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono, Stereo (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm