The Waning Sex

The Waning Sex is a 1926 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Based on the 1923 play of the same name by Fanny and Frederic Hatton, the film starred Norma Shearer and Conrad Nagel.[1] The film currently exists in archives (Museum of Modern Art and Archives du Film du CNC).[2]

The Waning Sex
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byHarry Rapf
Written byJoe Farnham (titles)
F. Hugh Herbert
Frederica Sagor (uncredited)
Based onThe Waning Sex
by Fanny and Frederic Hatton
StarringNorma Shearer
Conrad Nagel
CinematographyBen Reynolds
Edited byWilliam LeVanway
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 5, 1926 (1926-09-05)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


Nina Duane (Norma Shearer) is a criminal lawyer whose gender is professionally resented by Philip Barry (Conrad Nagel), the District Attorney. She wins acquittal for man-chasing widow Mary Booth (Mary McAllister), then defeats her in romancing the D.A.



  1. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1921-1930. 1971. p. 865.

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