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The Battle of the Sexes (1959)

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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... See full summary »



(short story "The Catbird Seat"),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Martin
Robert Macpherson
Constance Cummings ...
Angela Barrows
Jameson Clark ...
Andrew Darling
Ernest Thesiger ...
Old Macpherson
Irwin Hoffman (as Donald Pleasance)
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Alex Mackenzie ...
Roddy McMillan ...
James Gibson ...
Noel Howlett ...
Mr. White
Abe Barker ...
Mr. Meekie
Gordon Phillott ...
Mr. Munson
William Mervyn ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

22 August 1960 (Sweden)  »

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The Battle of the Sexes  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In 1956 Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions announced plans to film James Thurber's "The Catbird Seat" with a screenplay from George Axelrod. See more »


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


All Things Bright and Beautiful
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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Good film, bad transfer
26 January 2006 | by (South Orange, NJ) – See all my reviews

Contrary to what IMDb shows at the upper-right corner of its page for this movie, there IS a DVD of this film available, in the UK. I recently purchased it from Amazon, there, for 6 pounds. With high hopes, I inserted it into my DVD player and found that the quality of the film-to- digital transfer is nothing short of abysmal. Most of the film's scenes appear almost entirely black on the TV screen, with only a few details, like well-lit faces, shining through. This is a sorry re-release of this movie, which I had read such good things about here and there. From all I can tell, it is a delightful movie, full of wit and good acting and clever dialog.

The story centers on a female business consultant from the US trying to whip an old-line tweed making company in Scotland into shape - another post-war British film concerned with the onslaught of American values and speedy lifestyle. (Another example that comes to mind is Ealing Studio's The Maggie, which is happily out on DVD in an optically splendid rendition.) The star, here, is a somewhat mousy Peter Sellers who is, of course, worth watching in almost any movie - especially when you can actually see him! Robert Morley, too, is worth the price of admission - one of my favorite British actors.

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