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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 ... 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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Taglines:

James Thurber's Delightful Sex-War Satire.

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Sellers sublime
4 November 2003 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

This well-cast adaptation of a classic James Thurber story relocates the action to Edinburgh and offers Peter Sellers one of his best roles as a timid bureaucrat who turns into a man of action when the crusty family firm he works for is threatened by an "efficiency expert" (and a female one at that!). His bumbling attempts to resolve the situation at the climax are a delight whilst co-star Robert Morley is perfect in the sort of role that he was born to play.

There's some fine location work, beautifully shot in black-and-white by Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis and a late screen appearance by "Doctor Praetorius" himself, the sepulchral Ernest Thesiger.


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