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The Battle of the Sexes (1960)

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

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writers:

James Thurber (short story "The Catbird Seat"), Monja Danischewsky
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Cast

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La batalla de los sexos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 blathering 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

Featured 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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Clumsily Re-branded?
7 January 2004 | by LeeandkateSee all my reviews

While the plot and characters are as described above, two things puzzle me. The film's title, for one - at no point is this a battle of the sexes, the fact that protagonist and antagonist are of differing gender matters little until Mr. Martin's clumsy attempts at murder are mistaken for seduction by his intended victim.

And then there's the coda of the piece, where a voice-over suggests that maybe Mr. Martin has won the battle, but may lose the war, as Mrs. Barrows' tears stir something within him. The entire sequence feels tacked-on, and the American accent of the v/o artist (Sam Wanamaker) suggests the film, extolling as it does traditional values over modern ways, perhaps wouldn't play well in the progress-obsessed 1950's America, and was hastily re-branded as a quirky sex comedy. Incorrect though such an assumption may be, it does leave one wondering. . .


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