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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 »
Genre:
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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User Reviews:
Decent Comedy See more (9 total) »

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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:
Just a SweetheartSee more »

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Decent Comedy, 29 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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