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Gum-chewing frizzy-haired golddigger Marie Skinner cooks up a scheme with her lover Babe Winsor, a jazz hound, to fleece a portly middle-aged real estate tycoon, William Judson. Marie moves into Judson's apartment building and contrives to meet and seduce him, plying him with compliments, music, swoons, décolletage, and batted eyes. When his loyal wife (and their two children) see him out catting with Marie at a night club, mom's devastated and confronts him. He moves out. Babe wants Marie to sell Judson worthless bonds. Will mom commit suicide? Will sis shoot the floozy? Will pops figure out he's being a fool? Written by
Adela Rogers St. Johns published a book entitled "The Single Standard" in 1928, the same year this movie was released. It is not known if this book is related to the movie in any way. See more »
When Marie is at the barber shop, and Judson leaves his chair, she asks a man to pick up the newspaper to read Judson's news about his recent deal. After reading the news, she looks at Judson, and then the scene switches to be seen from other angle, where you can see that Marie is asking the man to pick up the newspaper again. See more »
Opening Dialogue Card:
The battle of the sexes - always being fought and never being won.
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'The Battle of the Sexes' might be one those lesser seen (and known) films by D.W. Griffith, and it falls far from his greatest Works, but still it's worth to watch. Though it is typical Griffith's morality tale it somehow seems to avoid becoming too preachy like the great master loved to do. The story is simple tale about gold digger who seduces real estate tycoon, and the man abandons his family for younger woman.
Otherwise quite mediocre film, but there was some nice sweeping shots at the beginning of the film, and of course the marvelously directed rooftop scene.
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