Glen or Glenda

We watched Ed Wood’s movie “Glen or Glenda” last week. The consensus is that it was even worse than “Plan 9 from Outer Space”, simply because there were parts of “Glen or Glenda” that simple didn’t make sense. “Plan 9” at least had something like a coherent plot. “Glen or Glenda” was just confusing.

I think I know what Ed Wood was attempting. He wanted to make a plea for tolerance for transvestites or cross dressers, who practice a harmless perversion. He used his own experiences to make a semi-autobiographical picture. Unfortunately this was not the movie he was commissioned to make. He was supposed to be making a fictionalized movie about Christine Jorgensen, the first person widely known to have had a “sex¬† change” operation. To satisfy his producer, Wood tacked on a second story about a man who changed his sex. He also included a confusing semi-pornographic dream sequence. Bela Lugosi played a narrator of sorts, although his narrations had little to do with the film. The result of all of this was simply a mess.