The Battle of the Sexes (1928 film)

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For Griffith's earlier version, see The Battle of the Sexes (1914 film).
The Battle of the Sexes
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theatrical poster
Directed by D. W. Griffith
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Daniel Carson Goodman
Gerrit J. Lloyd
(adaptation & titles)
Starring Jean Hersholt
Phyllis Haver
Belle Bennett
Don Alvarado
Sally O'Neil
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Nathaniel Shilkret[1][2]
Cinematography Karl Struss
G.W. Bitzer
Edited by James Smith
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 12, 1928 (1928-10-12) (U.S.)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Battle of the Sexes (1928) is a 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 short story "The Single Standard" by Daniel Carson Goodman; the story was adapted for this production by Gerrit J. Lloyd.

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[2]) was omitted from the DVD.


Marie Skinner (Phyllis Haver) is a gold digger with her hooks out for devoted middle-aged family man J.C. Hudson (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.[3][4][5]



  1. ^ Allmovie Production credits
  2. ^ a b 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 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "shilkret1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Plot summary (IMDB)
  4. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. Plot synopsis (All Movie)
  5. ^ TCM Synopsis Full synopsis

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