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The Battle of the Sexes (1960)

Angela Barrows, an accomplished business analyst from the US, attempts to contemporize the late MacPherson's tweed manufacture, shaking the very foundation of a men-only company.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Martin
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Robert Macpherson
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Angela Barrows
Jameson Clark ...
Andrew Darling
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Old Macpherson
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Irwin Hoffman (as Donald Pleasance)
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Graham
Alex Mackenzie ...
Robertson
Roddy McMillan ...
Macleod
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Detective
James Gibson ...
Nightwatchman
Noel Howlett ...
Mr. White
Abe Barker ...
Mr. Meekie
Gordon Phillott ...
Mr. Munson
William Mervyn ...
Detective's Friend
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Storyline

Man-eating businesswoman, Angela Barrows is sent by her US company to Edinburgh to investigate export opportunities. She meets businessman Robert MacPherson en route and he persuades her to help bring his company into the 20th century. The staff, lead by Mr. Martin, have other ideas and a battle between the old and new business methods breaks out. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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James Thurber's Delightful Sex-War Satire.

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22 August 1960 (Sweden)  »

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La batalla de los sexos  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

One character is referred to as Mr Mitty, a small homage to James Thurber, writer of the original story who also wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Darling:
  • You're a gremlin, that's what she said.



Macleod:
  • Who says?



Andrew Darling:
  • Mrs bluthering Barrows. You should hear what she's going to do with the house of MacPherson. Here... what's a gremlin?



Macleod:
  • You'd better go and see Mr Roberts. Come on.



Andrew Darling: Ah, Robbie... he's a gremlin.
Robertson: Will you please stop calling me a gremlin?
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Connections

Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander and music by William H. Monk
Sung by a choir on the television in Mrs Barrows' apartment
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Cultural and progress clashes lead to war in the Tweed business
1 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

A delicious mix of dry comments, cultural clashes and devious expressions. Sellers is excellent as the mouse-like Mr Martin shocked to the core by the brash Miss Barrows and driven by his devotion to the family to protect tradition at all costs ! The bumbling uncertainty of the head of the Tweed empire could only be achieved by Morley whose portly figure towers over his frail employees as they await his next disastrous decision. Great examples of new not always being better (or not allowed to be !) form the key of the battle until the final hilarious showdown between the American and Scottish way of thinking. Every second is a film treat - should be on everyone's shelves !


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