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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Carson Goodman (from the story by)
Gerrit J. Lloyd (adapted for the screen by)
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Release Date:
1928 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The Clash of Love and a Straying Papa! See more »
Plot:
Gum-chewing frizzy-haired golddigger Marie Skinner cooks up a scheme with her lover Babe Winsor, a jazz hound... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Hersholt ... The Father
Phyllis Haver ... Marie

Belle Bennett ... The Mother
Sally O'Neil ... The Daughter
Don Alvarado ... Babe Winsor

William Bakewell ... The Son
John Batten ... The Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rolfe Sedan ... Marie's Barber (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Mr. Judson's Barber (uncredited)
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Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Carson Goodman (from the story by)

Gerrit J. Lloyd (adapted for the screen by)

Gerrit J. Lloyd  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
D.W. Griffith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
G.W. Bitzer (photography) (as Billy Bitzer)
Karl Struss (photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Smith (film edited by)
 
Set Decoration by
Park French (settings)
William Cameron Menzies (settings)
 
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alec Bennett .... assistant director
Herbert Sutch .... assistant director
 
Music Department
James Becker .... musician: cornet (2000 alternate version)
Brian Collins .... musician: clarinet (2000 alternate version)
Susan Hall .... musician: violin (2000 alternate version)
Chris Kermeit .... musician: percussion (2000 alternate version)
Rodney Sauer .... music compiler (2000 alternate version)
Rodney Sauer .... musician: piano (2000 alternate version)
 
Other crew
Fergus .... engineer (2000 alternate version)
Joseph M. Schenck .... presenter
David Shepard .... video producer (2000 alternate version)
 
Thanks
Donald Krim .... dedicatee (2000 alternate version)
 
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Runtime:
88 min (2004 alternate version)
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1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone) (music and sound effects) | Silent
Certification:
USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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No information on the source of the movie, "The Single Standard," has been found.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Opening Dialogue Card:The battle of the sexes - always being fought and never being won.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Battle of the Sexes (1914)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rose in The BudSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
This Is A D.W. Griffith Film?, 3 April 2007
Author: thataw from Asheville NC

Conventional wisdom says that D.W. Griffith didn't make a good movie after he lost his Mamaroneck studio in 1924. Between SALLY OF THE SAWDUST with W.C. Fields (1925) and THE STRUGGLE (1931), Griffith made 6 feature films for United Artists and Paramount. Most of these have been dismissed out of hand since they first appeared and a few are no longer available. THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES (1928) garnered him some of the worst notices of his career (to be outdone by his last film THE STRUGGLE) although preview audiences loved it. I have seen a restored version of the film and am hard pressed to understand all the negative reviews. The settings by William Cameron Menzies are lavish, the photography by Karl Struss is top notch, and the editing, normally Griffith's Achilles heel, is smooth and polished. It clearly shows that Griffith could take advantage of the Hollywood studio system when given the chance. So why all the bad press? Part of the problem lies in the way the film was promoted. BATTLE OF THE SEXES was billed as a Jazz Age comedy when it was actually a domestic drama with several comic moments. Although the story is melodramatic and features the required happy ending, the emotions of the characters ring true. This was Griffith's greatest strength as a filmmaker. No matter how trite or objectionable the plot you believe his characters even when you don't agree with them. Best known for his epics, Griffith was essentially a miniaturist as his Biograph shorts clearly demonstrate. His feature films are more successful when done on a smaller scale and while dealing with people and their relationships (BROKEN BLOSSOMS, ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL). Jean Hersholt gives one of his finest performances as a philandering husband. His encounter with a reducing machine in order to make himself look younger is both comic and pathetic. Phyllis Haver is the ultimate Jazz Baby and she lights up the screen with a performance that is both funny AND sexy. The robe she wears to seduce Hersholt must be seen through to be believed. Belle Bennett (THE IRON MASK) as the spurned wife also deserves special mention. THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES proves that Griffith had not lost his touch after he lost his independence. Thanks to Image Entertainment for upgrading this title to DVD as part of their D.W. Griffith collection. Now if they could just rescue ISN'T LIFE WONDERFUL and THE STRUGGLE from VHS oblivion as well.

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