Phyllis Haver and Jean Hersholt
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
The Battle of the Sexes
B&W : Ten reels / 8180 feet
Directed by D.W. Griffith
Cast: Jean Hersholt [William J. Judson], Phyllis Haver [Marie Skinner], Belle Bennett [Mrs. Judson], Don Alvarado [Babe Winsor, Marie’s boyfriend], Sally O’Neil [Ruth Judson], William Bakewell [Billy Judson], John Batten [the Judson family friend], Rolfe Sedan, Harry Semels
Art Cinema Corporation production; distributed by United Artists Corporation. / Produced by Joseph M. Schenck. Scenario by Gerrit J. Lloyd, from the novel The Single Standard by Daniel Carson Goodman. Production design by William Cameron Menzies. Cinematography by Karl Struss + [G.W. Bitzer]. Music by Hugo Riesenfeld and Nathaniel Shilkret. Presented by D.W. Griffith. / © 17 October 1928 by Art Cinema Corporation [LP25734]. World premiere, September 1928 at the United Artists Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Premiered 12 October 1928 at the Rialto Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 13 October 1928. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. [?] Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system? / Soundtrack included one song sung by Phyllis Haver. The novel was previously filmed as The Battle of the Sexes (1914). / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.0282.
Survival status: Prints exist in the George Eastman Museum film archive [35mm nitrate positive, 35mm fine-grain preservation negative, 35mm preservation positive]; and in the film holdings of Cohen Media Group (Raymond Rohauer collection) [35mm positive] : [?] the soundtrack is presumed lost (Movietone soundtrack lost, or Vitaphone soundtrack discs)?
Current rights holder: (unknown)
Keywords: Synchronized sound film
Listing updated: 9 September 2017.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.0236; AFI-F2 n. F2.0282; Bardèche-History p. 285; Barry-Griffith p. 81; Everson-American p. 193; Geduld-Birth pp. 70, 247; LoC-MoPic-2 p. 48 : Website-AFI; Website-GEM; Website-IMDb; Website-NFPF.
Home video: DVD.