MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,105 this week

The Battle of the Sexes (1959)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 675 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 7 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(short story "The Catbird Seat"),
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1166 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
 
a list of 3130 titles
created 23 Jan 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 423 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Battle of the Sexes (1959)

The Battle of the Sexes (1959) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Battle of the Sexes.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

After the Fox (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Peter Sellers plays Aldo Vanucci (aka the Fox), one of the greatest criminals of the world, and master of disguise. After Aldo escapes from the Italian prison he was held in, he meets again... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland
The Wrong Box (1966)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A corrupt hospital administrator decides to get as much money as possible from the patients by any means necessary - lie, cheat or steal.

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Ann Pflug, Rick Lenz
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination.

Director: Norman Panama
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Joan Collins
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A thirty-something square falls in love with a hippie and decides to "drop out" himself.

Director: Hy Averback
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A pirate crewman kills his captain after learning where he has hidden his buried treasure. However, as he begins to lose his memory, he relies more and more on the ghost of the man he just ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Medak, Spike Milligan
Stars: Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

Director: Mario Zampi
Stars: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The cast of the popular radio program "The Goon Show" perform some of their favourite routines.

Director: Maclean Rogers
Stars: Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A look at the events leading up to the 1973 tennis match between retired men's champ Bobby Riggs and the current women's Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King.

Directors: James Erskine, Zara Hayes
Stars: Amanda Edwards, Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Movie company wants to shoot a science-fiction film using an Army barracks as location, and its soldiers as actors. Of course, the Commander doesn't like it a bit, and persuades the crew to use a nearby haunted house instead.

Director: David Paltenghi
Stars: Brian Reece, Margot Grahame, Raymond Huntley
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Sellars, Jeremy Bodkin
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Batalha dos Sexos  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sellers is good and the film amusing even if it lacks sharp comment or good laughs
27 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In order to get her out of their hair, her US employers send powerful businesswoman out to Scotland on some vague mission to investigate export potential. On the way she meets businessman Robert MacPherson who asks for her help to improve the efficiency of his late father's company. The mere suggestion that a woman would be brought into the male dominated company causes panic within the stuffy departments of the company – especially since the sole woman employee only makes tea for the men. Things only get worse when she starts updating the company, suggesting centralised tweed production in a factory, changing filing systems and carrying out time & motion studies. Happily employee Mr Martin is on hand to try and outwit her modernising ways.

In this comedy the plot could easily just involve a man coming into a company because the battle is less one of male versus female and more a matter of old school versus new school where, much I'm Alright Jack, Sellers leads the defence against such action. Looking at it this way the film is much more interesting because it keeps it relevant (nobody likes change) whereas the idea of working for a female boss is no longer the crazy modern idea that it may have once been. The film uses this story reasonably well and produced a few chuckles from me while managing to maintain a consistent amusing tone. The lack of really sharp jokes or big laughs is a bit of a problem though, and it would have been better if the commentary had been sharper and some of the comic sequences had had more laughs but the overall tone is quite nice.

The main reason it is quite funny is the subtle playing of Sellers who is gently amusing and sets the tone well for the material; perhaps not one of his most famous creations but he is enjoyable nonetheless. He is well supported by Morley, who plays the blundering boss with enthusiasm and adds to the comedy. Cummings is quite good and brings out well the manipulative nature of some women – turning on femininity and tears when it suits them; she does this well without being cruel to her sex I thought. The support is mainly good and includes a brief appearance from Donald Pleasence but really the film belongs to Sellers in his quiet role along with Morley and Cummings.

Overall this is not a great film mainly because it lacks a sharp intelligent edge that it could have had and not replacing that with enough broad laughs to do the job. The cast really help and the material is good enough to be roundly amusing and it is worth a look because it is a pleasing little film even if it isn't anything that special or memorable.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fun Stuff mandeepdlay1
Discuss The Battle of the Sexes (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?