~The Battle of the Sexes~
1928
~D.W.G.-1400-B92: Jean Hersholt & Phyllis Haver~
~Plot Synopsis~
A remake of a 1914 D.W. Griffith potboiler, The Battle of the Sexes is a highly entertaining, if cautionary,
tale of a middle-aged family man, J.C. Judson (Jean Hersholt), who despite his devotion to wife and
offspring falls for what is obviously a gold digger, Marie Skinner (Phyllis Haver). When Mrs. Judson
(Belle Bennett) and her grown children, Ruth (Sally O'Neil) and Billy (William Bakewell), confront him
with the awful truth, Judson refuses to give up his inamorata and instead moves out of the home. A
desperate Ruth, gun in hand, seeks a showdown with Marie, but their confrontation is interrupted by the
latter's handsome but feckless boyfriend, Babe Winsor (Don Alvarado), who in drunkenness begins to
court the pretty Ruth. Judson walks in on this tender scene and immediately employs a double standard,
condemning his daughter for bringing shame upon his house. A violent argument between a jealous
Marie and Babe forces him to face the truth, however, and a chagrined Judson returns to home and
hearth, begging for forgiveness. Beautifully restored and released on DVD in 2000, The Battle of the
Sexes benefits from a wonderful new score performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Written by:
Gerrit J. Lloyd - adaptation & titles

Based on the story "The Single Standard," by Daniel Carson Goodman.
~Cast~

Jean Hersholt ...  William Judson - the Father
Phyllis Haver ...  Marie Skinner
Belle Bennett ...  Mrs. Judson - the Mother
Sally O'Neil ...  Ruth Judson - the Daughter
Don Alvarado ...  Babe Winsor
William Bakewell ...  Billy Judson - the Son
John Batten ...  Friend of the Judsons
Rolfe Sedan ...  Marie's Barber (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...  Mr. Judson's Barber (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Feature Productions (as Feature Productions, Incorporated)

Distributed by: United Artists

Produced by: D.W. Griffith
Music by: Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography by: G.W. Bitzer (as Billy Bitzer) & Karl Struss
Film Editing by: James Smith
Production Manager: Raymond A. Klune
Assistant Directors: Alec Bennett & Herbert Sutch
Settings: Park French & William Cameron Menzies
Conductor: Nathaniel Shilkret
Assistant Conductor: Josef A. Pasternack

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 88 Minutes
Released: October 12, 1928