The Battle of the Sexes

The Battle of the Sexes

Director: Charles Crichton Cast: Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings

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Overview

In this 1959 comedy, Robert MacPherson (Robert Morley) inherits his family's textile business in Edinburgh, Scotland, then hires American efficiency expert Angela Barrows (Constance Cummings) to bring the business into the modern age. The House of MacPherson has long been known as a manufacturer of fine Scottish tweed, and the company's mild-mannered head clerk, Mr. Martin (Peter Sellers), worries that the no-nonsense Barrows will ruin everything with her new-fangled ideas and eventually replace him and his co-workers with automatons. So after she installs the latest labor-saving devices, including intercoms and noisy adding machines, he sabotages them in a gradually unfolding scheme to persuade MacPherson that the old Scottish ways are still the best, that true craftsmanship requires a human touch. By this time, however, MacPherson has taken a fancy to Barrows romantically, and she can do no wrong. Then, horror of horrors, Barrows proposes that the company make synthetic tweed -- mass-produced synthetic tweed -- in an all-out effort to Americanize the Scottish firm. That's the last straw for Martin, and he thinks there is only one option left for him: to murder Barrows. Of course, meek Mr. Martin isn't exactly a natural-born killer, and he botches one attempt after another in a sequence of scenes that keep the action moving briskly along. But Martin has pluck and plenty of persistence, and he eventually hatches another plot to undo the meddlesome Barrows. The film, loosely based on a James Thurber story entitled The Catbird Seat, was directed by Charles Crichton, the same man who directed the highly successful Lavender Hill Mob.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2016
UPC: 0738329208530
Original Release: 1960
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 39,727

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Mr. Martin
Robert Morley Robert MacPherson
Constance Cummings Angela Barrows
Jameson Clark Andrew Darling
Ernst Thesiger Old MacPherson
Donald Pleasence Irwin Hoffman
Moultrie Kelsall Graham
Alex Mackenzie Robertson
Michael Goodliffe Detective
James Gibson Night Watchman
Noel Howlett Mr. White
Abe Barker Mr. Meekie
Gordon Phillott Mr. Munson
Macdonald Parke C.J.
Patricia Hayes Jeannie MacDougall
Eric Woodburn Wine Shop Owner
Donald Bisset Tobacconist
Aletha Orr American Wife
Sydney Keith American Husband
Norman MacOwan Jock Munro
Roddy McMillan Macleod
William Mervyn Detective's Friend
Sam Wanamaker Narrator
R. Meadows White Delivery Man
Fred Griffiths 1st Porter
Glyn Houston 2nd Porter
Robert Crewdson Policeman
Anne Sharp Usherette

Technical Credits
Charles Crichton Director
Stanley Black Score Composer
Ken Cameron Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Carrick Art Director
Trevor Crole-Rees Makeup
Monja Danischewsky Producer,Screenwriter
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Seth Holt Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Battle of the Sexes
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8

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