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Glen or Glenda? (1953)
Glen or Glenda
Glen or Glenda: Confessions of Ed Wood
He or She
I Changed My Sex
I Led 2 Lives
I Led Two Lives
The Transvestite

Nomination Year: 1995
SYNOPSIS:  A horrific and pointless glimpse into the life of a 1950's transvestite. Bela Lugosi "narrates" (for lack of a better word) this tale of a psychiatrist narrating a tale of seemingly ordinary men going around wearing women's clothing. The story focuses on one man in particular, Glen, who must screw up enough courage to tell his fiancee exactly why he likes her angora sweater so much... This thin plot is punctuated (interrupted?) throughout with: 1) stream-of-consciousness images of the Devil and sado-masochism, 2) meaningless psychobabble proferred by the supposed psychologist, 3) interludes featuring Bela spouting cryptic phrases, and 4) stock footage of buffalo. As a whole, it's nearly totally incomprehensible -- in other words, it's vintage Ed Wood, Jr.

"Wanna Run That By Me Again?"

Pull the Plug! Pull the Plug!
For no discernable reason, Bela Lugosi appears in the top half of the screen and yells, "Pull the string! Pull the string!"

Smithee Award Winner!MegaMetaSmithee Award Winner! "Wanna Run That By Me Again?"

The Odd Dietary Habits of Mythical Reptiles and Other Strange Facts about Transvestites
"Beware of the big, green dragon that sits on your doorstep. He eats little boys, puppy-dog tails, and BIG, FAT snails."

Worst Science

He Got His Ph.D. in Pink Cotton Panties
The "doctor" "explains" the "psychological" basis for cross-dressing. Does anybody care?


"Dear Satan -- Thank You for the Lovely Tea Cozies..."
Glen/da falls down and has the weirdest-ass dream sequence I have ever seen. At first it makes some sort of sense (well, not really), but then a ridiculous-looking Devil appears at Glen's dream wedding. The Devil looks like he has moth's antennae where his horns should be, and freakishly enormous eyebrows and buck teeth. All he does is stand nearby, smiling and nodding approvingly.

Worst Acting

"When I Said I'd Give You My Support, I Didn't Mean You Could Have My Bra!"
Glen's girlfriend -- Ed Wood's real-life lover, Dolores Fuller -- decides after much soul-searching to stick by Glen and work things out together. As a symbol of her willingness to try and understand him, she gives her angora sweater to a confused Glen, giving the audience nausea in the process.

Worst Picture

Had LSD Been Discovered Back Then?
More of the dream sequence (see "WHAT?!"), after it degenerates into nothing but *20 minutes* of a woman being ravished and whipped on a couch, to carnival music. No, there's no nudity -- it's the 50's, after all. Still, one can only imagine that somebody was trying to Give 'Em What They Want, assuming what they want is mindlessly tedious titillation.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Edward D. Wood, Jr. Hailed as the WORST director of all time 
Dolores Fuller Ed Wood's ex-girlfriend, which is the only reason she'd be on screen, if you ask me. 
Bela Lugosi THE "Dracula" 
Timothy Farrell  
Lyle Talbot  
Conrad Brooks He was one of the actors who appeared in all three of Ed Wood's classic early movies: Glen or Glenda?, Bride of the Monster, and Plan 9 From Outer Space
Director Claim to Fame
Edward D. Wood, Jr. Hailed as the WORST director of all time 

Bryan Cassidy

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