THE WANING SEX

Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: September 5, 1926

Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Conrad Nagel

Producer: Harry Rapf
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenwriters: F. Hugh Herbert, Frederica Sagor Maas; Joe Farnham (titles)
Source: the play by Frederic and Fanny Hatton
Cinematographer: Ben Reynolds

THEME

A female criminal lawyer competes with a male lawyer both in court and in romance

REVIEWS

“Is woman’s place in the home or in business? The young district attorney thinks babies are the thing. The pretty lady lawyer thinks different. Since Norma Shearer is the fair Portia the problem becomes darned cute to us. This is pleasant entertainment, proving again Miss Shearer’s aptitude for character comedy.”
- Photoplay, December 1926

“A nice picture comedy, The Waning Sex made nice and nicer by Norma Shearer. This fresh-looking girl plays with such charm that she does a great deal for the picture’s laugh punches. The film might not stand up so well without this girl, despite the excellent direction by Robert Z. Leonard.”
- Variety, September 1, 1926

TRADE ARTICLE

“Norma Shearer was delightful as the lady attorney. The Waning Sex evidently gave complete satisfaction to the Capitol Theatre audience, judging from their continuous laughs. Reviewers generally didn’t agree but the crowd showed every indication of enjoying it.”
- Lillian W. Brennan, “A Review of Reviews,” The Film Daily, September 28, 1926

FIGURES

The Waning Sex cost $177,000 and grossed $617,000.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)

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