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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 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 ... 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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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 »

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

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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Peter Sellers as an older man
15 June 2012 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Mr. Martin is a clerk at a Scottish Tweed weaving company.Then one day a creature called woman starts talking about all these changes they should make in the company.He has a little problem with that.The Battle of the Sexes (1959) is directed by Charles Crichton.It's based on the short story The Catbird Seat by the great humorist James Thurber from 1942.Peter Sellers is quite excellent as Mr. Martin.He obviously wasn't an old man when he did this film, but he certainly seems that way.He's nailed the gestures and all perfectly.Robert Morley is terrific as Robert Macpherson.Constance Cummings does brilliant work as Angela Barrows.Donald Pleasence is great as Irwin Hoffman.This is a pretty funny comedy, although it's not the best Peter Sellers starred in.The funniest sequence must be when he goes out to kill the lady.For Peter Sellers fans this is one not to be missed.


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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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Budget:

GBP133,060 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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