THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a witty black comedy from Ealing comedy director Charles Crichton. The House of MacPherson has been supplying Scottish tweeds for years--its weavers make the tweed in their homes on the Scottish islands and the staff sells it in the companys Edinburgh premises. When Old MacPherson (Ernest Thesiger) dies his son Young MacPherson (Robert Morley) takes over and brings in an efficiency expert. Thats bad enough but worse the expert is a woman and even worse than that she is an American woman. Horrors. The staff led by Mr. Martin (Peter Sellers) is aghast. The expert Angela Barrows (Constance Cummings) begins to organise to streamline and to make plans to update the companys manufacturing methods. Young MacPherson is entranced--seduced by the idea of becoming famous for his soon-to-be-implemented revolutionary manufacturing methods. However the ever-deferential Mr. Martin discovers unexpected levels of cunning as he pits his wits against the brash American. THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES is crisply directed by Charles Crichton with a witty script by Monja Danischewsky based on a James Thurber story. And Peter Sellers gives a fine performance as the shy inhibited Mr. Martin who turns out to be an extraordinary schemer.
Release Date: 21 July 2008
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1959
Main Language: English