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The Battle of the Sexes (1928)

Passed | | Comedy | 1928 (Germany)
Gum-chewing frizzy-haired gold-digger Marie Skinner cooks up a scheme with her lover Babe Winsor, a jazz hound, to fleece a portly, middle-aged real estate tycoon, William Judson. Marie ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Daniel Carson Goodman (from the story by), Gerrit J. Lloyd (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Hersholt ... William Judson
Phyllis Haver ... Marie Skinner
Belle Bennett ... Mrs. William Judson
Sally O'Neil ... Ruth Judson
Don Alvarado ... Babe Winsor
William Bakewell ... Billy Judson
John Batten ... Judson's Friend
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Gum-chewing frizzy-haired gold-digger Marie Skinner cooks up a scheme with her lover Babe Winsor, a jazz hound, to fleece a portly, middle-aged real estate tycoon, William Judson. Marie moves into Judson's apartment building and contrives to meet and seduce him, plying him with compliments, music, swoons, décolletage, and batted eyes. When his loyal wife (and their two children) see him out catting with Marie at a night club, mom's devastated and confronts him. He moves out. Babe wants Marie to sell Judson worthless bonds. Will mom commit suicide? Will sis shoot the floozy? Will pops figure out he's being a fool? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hear the marvelous sound accompaniment by Nathaniel Shilkret and Joseph Pasternack...You'll hum the captivating tune of the theme song, "Just a Sweetheart." See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1928 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luta dos Sexos See more »

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Runtime:

(2004 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (music and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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When Marie storms around her living room, she grabs the pillows off the couch and throws them every which way. Then she lies down on the couch for a cry, and the pillows are magically back in place behind her head. See more »

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Opening Dialogue Card: The battle of the sexes - always being fought and never being won.
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Version of The Battle of the Sexes (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Just a Sweetheart
(1928) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Josef A. Pasternack, Nathaniel Shilkret and Dave Dreyer
Theme song from "The Battle of the Sexes" (1928)
Published by Irving Berlin Inc.
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Surprisingly Good
22 May 2002 | by fsvobodaSee all my reviews

This late jazz age comic morality tale directed by D. W. Griffith is surprisingly good--and its relative sophistication will be a surprise to those who are familiar with Griffith via the standard films such as "The Birth of a Nation," "Intolerance," "Way Down East," or even "Broken Blossoms." This film feels much more modern and far less overtly moralizing than those earlier films, though its 1920s "feel" is a part of its appeal for contemporary viewers.

The new DVD is well scored with period music cues that evoke a consistent, slightly melancholy mood as Jean Hersholt (better known as the villain of "Greed") is thrown into his midlife crisis by gold digger Phyllis Haver. His family is convincingly shown in turmoil--and eventually acts to rescue Hersholt's character from his folly. The film is well structured and altogether charming.


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