Motion Picture Purgatory: THE WOMAN INSIDE (1981)

Exploitation movies have had an interest in transgender individuals and gender reassignment surgery dates back at least to Ed Wood and his groundbreaking docudrama GLEN OR GLENDA?, based, at least in part, on the Christine Jorgensen case. As uncovered by Rick Trembles‘ latest Motion Picture Purgatory, the subject was still being mined in the 1980s when this rarely seen, U.S./Canada co-production hit theatres. Starring aging Hollywood talent including Joan Blondell, Dane Clark, Joe E. Ross and Jackie Vernon, it’s a low budget, melodramatic effort that at least tries to sensitively handle pertinent issues for its era. Rick sez: