The Battle of the Sexes (1928 film)

The Battle of the Sexes is a 1928 American comedy film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Belle Bennett, Don Alvarado, and Sally O'Neil, and released by United Artists. The film was a remake by Griffith of an earlier film he directed in 1914, which starred Lillian Gish. Both films are based on the novel The Single Standard by Daniel Carson Goodman; the story was adapted for this production by Gerrit J. Lloyd.[3]

The Battle of the Sexes
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Directed byD. W. Griffith
Produced byJoseph M. Schenck
Written byGerrit J. Lloyd
(adaptation & titles)
Based onThe Single Standard
by Daniel Carson Goodman
StarringJean Hersholt
Phyllis Haver
Belle Bennett
Don Alvarado
Sally O'Neil
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
Nathaniel Shilkret[1][2]
CinematographyKarl Struss
G.W. Bitzer
Edited byJames Smith
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 12, 1928 (1928-10-12) (U.S.)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The film was released as both a silent film, and in a sound version using the Movietone sound-on-film system. In 2004, the film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment. The theme song of the motion picture, "Just a Sweetheart", by Dave Dryer, Josef Pasternack, and Nathaniel Shilkret (recorded versions of which are available, for example, on a commercially issued Paul Whiteman CD[4]) was omitted from the DVD.

PlotEdit

Marie Skinner (Phyllis Haver) is a gold digger with her hooks out for devoted middle-aged family man J.C. Judson (Jean Hersholt), a portly real estate tycoon, who falls for her when she contrives to meet him. When his wife (Belle Bennett) and grown children, Ruth (Sally O'Neil) and Billy (William Bakewell) discover him dancing with Marie at a nightclub, J.C. leaves home the next day. Ruth seeks out Marie to shoot her, but is interrupted by Marie's boyfriend, jazz hound Babe Winsor (Don Alvarado), who takes a shine to her. When Judson walks in on them he condemns her licentiousness, but is forced to face his double standard when he witnesses a violent argument between Marie and Babe. Full of contrition, J.C. returns to home and hearth and the bosom of his loving family.[5][6][7]

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Allmovie Production credits
  2. ^ Shilkret, Nathaniel, ed. Shell, Niel and Barbara Shilkret, Nathaniel Shilkret: Sixty Years in the Music Business, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 2005, pp. 227, 273 and 287. ISBN 0-8108-5128-8
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Battle of the Sexes at silentera.com
  4. ^ Shilkret, Nathaniel, ed. Shell, Niel and Barbara Shilkret, Nathaniel Shilkret: Sixty Years in the Music Business, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, 2005. ISBN 0-8108-5128-8
  5. ^ Plot summary (IMDB)
  6. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. Plot synopsis (All Movie)
  7. ^ TCM Synopsis Full synopsis

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