YMMV: Glen or Glenda?

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Every single time Bela Lugosi appears, he's sitting in a chair in a room full of horror-movie props while giving bizarre monologues with very little relation to the previous scene. During the notorious "pull the string!" moment, there's also Stock Footage of stampeding buffalo superimposed over Lugosi.
  • Ending Fatigue: Kind of — in the scene when Glen tells the truth to his girlfriend, the music at the end of the scene gives the impression that this is the end of the movie, but then...
    Inspector Warren: Is that the end of the story?
    Dr. Alton: Not quite. I'll get back to it in a minute.
  • Memetic Mutation: PULL THE STRING!!
    • Beware of the big green dragon...
  • Money, Dear Boy: Bela Lugosi initially rejected Ed Wood's $500 for the role. His wife urged him to do it because they needed the cash, and so Lugosi accepted the role for $1000.
  • Narm: This movie is loaded with it.
  • Reality Subtext: Aside from the obvious, Glen or Glenda? had Ed Wood doing a rare second take. In the first take of the scene, Dolores Fuller's character basically tossed the sweater at Glen with some hostility. Fuller wasn't exactly pleased with Wood at this point.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Inverted. This movie tries to show that there is nothing disturbing about being a transvestite or transsexual — that they really could be rule-abiding. The strangeness of this film completely ruins the effect.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In large part thanks to Bela Lugosi's monologues.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously