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Vintage original 14 x 22 in. US window card from the 1920's gold-digger chases wealthy married man-themed silent film comedy/drama, THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES, released in 1928 by United Artists and directed by D.W. Griffith.


The Art Deco-inspired artwork features an elegant couple in a stylized pose with lurid newspaper headlines around them. Complete with the blank theatre imprint area, it is in fine+ condition with minor restoration to the left side of the blank theatre imrprint area. This is the only exanple of this window card that we are aware of.


*"The Battle of the Sexes is a 1928 American comedy film directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Jean Hersholt, Phyllis Haver, Belle Bennett, Don Alvarado, and Sally O'Neil, and released by United Artists. The film was a remake by Griffith of an earlier film he directed in 1914, which starred Lillian Gish. Both films are based on the novel The Single Standard by Daniel Carson Goodman; the story was adapted for this production by Gerrit J. Lloyd. The film was released as both a silent film, and in a sound version using the Movietone sound-on-film system. In 2004, the film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment. The theme song of the motion picture, "Just a Sweetheart", by Dave Dryer, Josef Pasternack, and Nathaniel Shilkret (recorded versions of which are available, for example, on a commercially issued Paul Whiteman CD) was omitted from the DVD."
*(source: Wikipedia)


*"The film opens with the following written statement: "The battle of the sexes--always being fought and never being won." D.W. Griffith originally made Daniel Carson Goodman's story in 1914 (released by Mutual Film Corp. and starring Donald Crisp and Lillian Gish. According to the May 27, 1927 Film Daily, Griffith was considering a remake of The Battle of the Sexes. Production costs for the 1914 film had totaled $2,500. Griffith was seeking to obtain the story rights to produce the remake and the unnamed company in ownership was reportedly asking $25,000.


Although the Mar. 10, 1928 Motion Picture News listed an anticipated Mar. 15 start date, principal photography did not begin until one month later, as indicated in the Apr. 15  Film Daily. The May 26 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World production chart confirmed that production began on Apr. 11 at the United Artists Studios in Hollywood and the Apr. 28 issue noted that the lavish production was among the most expensive of the year (the May 9 Variety reported a $400,000 budget).


The New York opening was held on Oct. 12, 1928 at the Rialto Theatre. Although Variety noted a few comic sequences, the review complained that the picture did not depict Griffith's usual subtly, and that the film's "suggestiveness," for example in the showcasing of "flashes far above the knee" by Haver's character, would most likely "shock" and disappoint patrons."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)




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