Down 1,010 this week

Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 March 1939 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 5,693 users  
Reviews: 64 user | 30 critic

Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady.


(play) (as Bernard Shaw) , (scenario and dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw) , 5 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 13 Jul 2012
a list of 21 titles
created 14 Aug 2013
a list of 24 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
a list of 36 titles
created 16 Jan 2014
a list of 33 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Pygmalion" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Pygmalion (1938)

Pygmalion (1938) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pygmalion.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Major Barbara (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young
Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Forced to retire from an English public school. a disliked professor must confront his utter failures as a teacher, a husband, and a man.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Frances Dee
Jezebel (1938)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood. She meets her father in a fancy restaurant to tell him that she will ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, George Carney
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven
49th Parallel (1941)
Drama | War | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A WW2 U-boat crew is stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An actor of the stage finds himself pursued by a lovestruck fan while trying to patch up a tempestuous relationship with his actress lover.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn
Pygmalion (TV Movie 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The standard My Fair Lady story, with a provocative rendition by screen legend O'Toole. He knows how to talk, but does he know how to behave towards a lady?

Director: Alan Cooke
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Margot Kidder, Helen Beavis


Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfrid Lawson ...
Marie Lohr ...
Scott Sunderland ...
Jean Cadell ...
David Tree ...
Everley Gregg ...
Leueen MacGrath ...
Esme Percy ...
Violet Vanbrugh ...
Iris Hoey ...
Ysabel, Social Reporter
Viola Tree ...
Perfide, Social Reporter
Irene Browne ...
Duchess (as Irene Brown)
Kate Cutler ...
Grand Old Lady


The snobbish & intellectual Professor of languages, Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend that he can take a London flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, from the gutters and pass her off as a society lady. However he discovers that this involves dealing with a human being with ideas of her own. Written by Steve Crook <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Miss 'Pygmalion'? Not ****** likely! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

3 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pigmalión  »

Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The property buyer is manning one of the market stalls at the beginning - Baden Siddall. See more »


When Higgins and Pickering tear off all about London looking for Eliza, several contemporary (late 1930's) cars are in the background. This film was set in 1912. See more »


Prof. Henry Higgins: Yes, you squashed cabbage leaf, you disgrace to the noble architecture of these columns, you incarnate insult to the English language, I could pass you off as the Queen of Sheba!
See more »


Referenced in Return to the Edge of the World (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

They don't get much better than this one.
15 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nearly 70 years later the Gabriel Pascal "Pygmalion" still sets the bar for film adaptation of a stage play. So much so, in fact, that the GBS incorporated many of the film's upgrades into the authoritative published version of the play, despite the play being more than 20 years old when the film was made.

When was the last time you saw a performance leap off the screen like Leslie Howard's as Professor Higgins? Shaw never saw such treatment on screen again, even under Pascal's hand. The film of "Major Barbara" is interesting (and a bit bizarre toward the end) in its own right, with some magnificent bits in the Act II homeless shelter and a heart-wrenching Wendy Hiller, but pales next to the stage version in its intellectual, political and dramatic depth. And all the rest, even the charming "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Raines and Leigh, just don't cut it compared to the plays.

"Pygmalion" is where any screenwriter needs to start in adapting a play for the movies. No one has done it better since.

(BTW, GBS's afterward to "Pygmalion" is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, I think. It's intentionally ridiculous, so that the mob clamoring for a romantic ending would realize just how inappropriate and uninteresting that would have been.)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shaw changed the ending from the play mlumiere
VS the Musical version dvbar1
Doves? forgether
Reminds me of another bubbaspyce
Brilliant film jeff_bailey44
Discuss Pygmalion (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: