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The Battle of the Sexes (1928)

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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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
The Mother
Sally O'Neil ...
The Daughter
Babe Winsor
The Son
John Batten ...
The Friend


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 <>

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1928 (Germany)  »

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A Luta dos Sexos  »

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1.20 : 1
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No information on the source of the movie, "The Single Standard," has been found. See more »


When Marie storms around her living room, she grabs the pillows off the couch and throws them every which way. Then she lies down on the couch for a cry, and the pillows are magically back in place behind her head. See more »


Opening Dialogue Card: The battle of the sexes - always being fought and never being won.
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Rose in The Bud
(1907) (uncredited)
Music by Dorothy Forster
Lyrics by Percy Barrow
Marie is shown playing this song on the piano; probably used in the theatrical score
Published by Chappell & Co., Ltd.
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Decent Comedy
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Battle of the Sexes, The (1928)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

D.W. Griffith film about an older, rich man (Jean Hersholt) who leaves his wife and two kids when he meets a young, beautiful blonde (Phyllis Haver). The man thinks this younger woman loves him but she's actually just a gold digger. Having been accused of not being able to connect with modern crowds, Griffith made this light weight film but the change of direction really didn't help his career any. Movie crowds, while small, enjoyed the film but the critics gave this the worst reviews of his career up to this point. I think time has been fairly kind to the film, which has some wonderful stuff but sadly the story is just way too predictable, even by 1928 standards. The direction is tight throughout and the performances are all very good. Hersholt is terrific as the dumb old man, Haver plays the gold digger perfectly but it's Sally O'Neil who steals the show of the man's daughter. The highlight of the film is a wonderful scene taking place on a dance floor. The film has a strange mix of comedy and drama that really don't mix well but it's nice seeing Griffith doing a film in modern settings.

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