As a film buff I have always been fascinated by any film with covers our subject matter, especially exploitation cinema. We have probably all heard of films like Glen or Genda or Let Me Die a Woman which for their faults do attempt at some form of understanding and acceptance of the transgendered community in the days of old. However this little gem SHE MAN (1967) goes straight to the jugular and just exposes what clearly must be the directors fantasy. The first forced feminization movie ever made. The ingredients are: blackmail, forced cross dressing, a dominatrix and naturally the forced taking of female hormones. How on earth could this be made into a film and put into cinemas back in 1967??
Albert Rose (Leslie Marlowe) is a spoiled rich young man who receives a mysterious letter concerning a secret from his past. He is quickly flown to a hotel room in Florida, where he quickly realises he is the subject of a blackmail scheme. The blackmailer, Dominitra (Dorian Wayne) demands twenty thousand dollars and one year of servitude from Albert.
Albert is then whisked off to Dominitra's home where we see other 'transformed' victims of the cruel Dominita. The rules are men must dress and act like women, and women must dress and act like men. Albert's is re-christened Rose Albert and put on a diet of female hormones. There is a love interest element too as Albert falls for another servant, Ruth (Wendy Roberts), and the two team up to try and stop Dominitra. Can they stop Dominita, will Albert reclaim his masculinity, will Dominita get her wig pulled off in the final scene? I actually thought Dominita was played by a real woman when I first watched this film.
So what happened to the film director of this lost forced feminization classic? Well Bob Clark went on to make more well known movies such as Porky's, Porky's II and Black Christmas. Bob also made another strange crossdressing movie in 1966 The Emperor's New Clothes. I went on to make Tranisa.