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The Battle of the Sexes

  • Comedy
  • 1960
  • Charles Crichton
  • 80 mins
  • U

Summary

An elderly Scottish clerk tries to sabotage the new methods introduced by an American efficiency expert reorganising the old-fashioned firm where he works. However, when he realises his boss thinks the new arrival can do no wrong, he is left with just one option - murder her. Comedy, starring Peter Sellers, Constance Cummings, Roddy McMillan, Robert Morley and Jameson Clark.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This film contains one of the most underrated performances by Peter Sellers. He plays an accountant at a Scottish tweed company doing battle with American efficiency expert Constance Cummings, who wants his firm to get rid of old-fashioned impedimenta like him. There's a message here about the dangers of industrialisation, though director Charles Crichton never seems to be in control enough to make it matter. Perhaps he was too overawed by Sellers's accent, which makes Billy Connolly sound almost English!

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Credits

Cast

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Mr MartinPeter Sellers
Robert MacPhersonRobert Morley
Angela BarrowsConstance Cummings
Old MacPhersonErnest Thesiger
Andrew DarlingJameson Clark
GrahamMoultrie Kelsall
RobertsonAlex Mackenzie
MacLeodRoddy McMillan
Irwin HoffmanDonald Pleasence
Night watchmanJames Gibson
Mr MeekieAbe Barker
Mr WhiteNoel Howlett

Crew

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DirectorCharles Crichton

Details

Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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