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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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  (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)
Donald Krim .... dedicatee (2000 alternate version)
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88 min (2004 alternate version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone) (music and sound effects) | Silent
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 »
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 »
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 »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Redrawing the Battle Lines, 6 December 2009
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Gold-digging Phyllis Haver (as Marie Skinner) seduces New York real estate tycoon Jean Hersholt (as William Judson), breaking up his happy marriage. After Mr. Hersholt's wife falls into a deep depression, cute and perky daughter Sally O'Neil (as Ruth) takes a gun to shoot Ms. Haver, whom the family has seen out dancing with Hersholt. Then, Ms. O'Neil finds herself prey to handsome jazz hound Don Alvarado (as Babe Winsor), who also serves as Haver's lover.

This curious film was director D.W. Griffith's re-make of his much imitated 1914 hit (presently, a "lost" film). "The Battle of the Sexes" is curious because it's rather well done, and from a period when Mr. Griffith is recalled to have been in sad decline. The film received some good notices, was a box office success, and featured some innovative work from Griffith plus cameramen Karl Struss and Billy Bitzer. Watch for a "fight" scene with Haver hurling objects at Hersholt, then dejected wife Belle Bennett's perilous walk on the couple's rooftop.

Restored in 2000, the film boasts a lively new score, compiled by Rodney Sauer and Susan Hall. The small orchestral soundtrack is excellent, and can be enjoyed on its own; but, it doesn't really match the original. "The Battle of the Sexes" has the look of a film shown with synchronized sound effects (a silent/sound hybrid, favoring the former). The original music and effects are missed. It looks like a couple of scenes went with it - there had to have been an additional encounter between O'Neil and Mr. Alvarado, and a reason why he and Hersholt arrive at Haver's with the same new hat.

If only the waiter who returned with Hersholt's "Reserved" sign could as easily bring back missing film footage...

******** The Battle of the Sexes (10/12/28) D.W. Griffith ~ Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Sally O'Neil, Don Alvarado

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