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The Battle of the Sexes

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region Free (info)
  • Money-hungry blonde flapper Marie (Phyllis Haver) seduces a wealthy, bespectacled, middle-aged man (Jean Hersholt) into neglecting his wife and children, in this film by cinema pioneer D.W. Griffith--a remake of his own 1914 film of the same name. While the family waits at home, the man is out at the nightclubs, lavishing money on Marie while her shady boyfriend, Babe (Don Alvardo) waits in the wings. Finally the man's spunky daughter (Sally O'Neil) goes over to Marie's apartment with a gun, ready to defend her family at any cost, only to fall for smooth-talking Babe, much to her father's horror. Through it all, Belle Bennett suffers in typically dramatic Griffith fashion as the neglected wife and mother.

    This film is an interesting hybrid of pre-code sophistication and old-fashioned morality play, indicative of a moment in Griffith's career when he realized his brand of social criticism had grown out of touch with the public. He updates his previously filmed story with modern touches to suit the times: nightclubs, risqu scenes of a scantily clad Marie, etc., but by the tear-stained finale, his unashamed love for traditional human values can't help but shine through.


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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9226-DS

  • Credits
    Don Alvarado, William Bakewell, Belle Bennett, Phyllis Haver, Jean Hersholt, Sally O'Neil, George Lloyd, Gus Lloyd
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The emotions are raw and intense..."
    USA Today

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