The Christine Jorgensen Story

The Christine Jorgensen Story is a 1970 American drama film and a fictionalized biographical film about trans woman Christine Jorgensen. While the overall premise of the film is accurate, many of the details are fictionalized for the continuity of the film. It was directed by Irving Rapper and based on Christine Jorgensen's autobiography.[3]

The Christine Jorgensen Story
Christine Jorgenson Story Poster.jpg
The Christine Jorgensen Story film poster.
Directed byIrving Rapper
Written byRobert E. Kent
Ellis St Joseph
Based onChristine Jorgensen, a Personal Autobiography
Produced byEdward Small
StarringJohn Hansen
Joan Tompkins
Quinn K. Redeker
CinematographyJacques R. Marquette
Edited byR. A. Radecki
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
98 mins
CountryUnited States
Budgetapprox $1 million[1]
Box office$1.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)[2]




A film based on the book was proposed in 1960.[4] Edward Small bought the film rights in 1968.[5] Jorgensen later claimed under the contract she would be entitled to 10% of the gross and 3.5% of the budget.[1]

"Every female impersonator in the world came flying into Hollywood demanding he was Christine", said Jorgensen later.[6] George/Christine is played by John Hansen.[7]

Irving Rapper said Small gave him the job as director because it required someone who had sensitivity.[8]


Reviews were mixed.[9][10][11]

Jorgensen later unsuccessfully tried to get a restraining order to stop Small's estate from exploiting the film, claiming Small diverted $100,000 owed to her for his own use.[1] Jorgensen said she was worried United Artists would exploit the film as a B movie.[12]

Home mediaEdit

The Christine Jorgensen Story was released on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment on October 12, 2011, through its Ultimate Collection DVD-on-demand service.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Perlman, Jeffrey (3 Sep 1977). "AIMED AT FILM PRODUCER'S ESTATE: Christine Jorgensen Denied Court Order". Los Angeles Times. p. oc10.
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 p 11
  3. ^ Markoutsas, Elaine (14 Jan 1979). "Christine Jorgensen celebrates 26 years as a woman". Chicago Tribune. p. k3.
  4. ^ Scheuer, Philip K (29 Jan 1960). "Type Casting Given New Twist by Duo: Players Picked City by City; Rosenda Monteros in 'Seven'". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
  5. ^ Martin, Betty (4 Oct 1968). "Miss Jorgensen's Story Sold". Los Angeles Times. p. h15.
  6. ^ Kramer, Carol (26 July 1970). "Miss Jorgensen Operates On a Sense of Humor". Chicago Tribune. p. f1.
  7. ^ "Youth, 18, Accepts 'Christine' Role". Los Angeles Times. 16 Oct 1969. p. d13.
  8. ^ Thomas, Kevin (24 Apr 1970). "The Problems of Directing 'Christine': Rapper Directs 'Christine'". Los Angeles Times. p. h1.
  9. ^ Gary Arnold (13 July 1970). "'Christine': Film". The Washington Post and Times-Herald. p. C5.
  10. ^ ROGER GREENSPUN (25 July 1970). "Screen: 'You Can't Win' Em All' Proves a Cliche: Collinson's Caper Film Written by Gordon Story of a Sex Change Also Opens Here". New York Times. p. 12.
  11. ^ Malcolm, Derek (17 Sep 1970). "Has anybody here seen Kelly?". The Guardian. London (UK). p. 8.
  12. ^ "Notes on People". New York Times. 8 Sep 1977. p. 62.

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