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Pygmalion (1938)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  3 March 1939 (USA)
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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.

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Perfide, Social Reporter
Irene Browne ...
Duchess (as Irene Brown)
Kate Cutler ...
Grand Old Lady
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Storyline

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 <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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3 March 1939 (USA)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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George Bernard Shaw's original play opened in London on 11 April 1914. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

First Policeman: [to Eliza and Freddie, who are kissing on the street] Now then, now then, now then. This isn't Paris, you know.
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A Delightful Movie With Outstanding Performances
9 February 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Professor Henry Higgins (Lesley Howard) is an arrogant bachelor professor of phonetics who bets with his rich friend Colonel George Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he is able to transform the cockney accent of the simple low class seller of flowers Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) in a British accent that would make high class people believe that she is a duchess. This story is one of the most delightful in the cinema history. Based on a book of Bernard Shaw, this was the first time I watched this 1938 version, and I found it marvelous. The cast has an outstanding performance. I am Brazilian, but it seems to me that the cockney pronunciation of Wendy Hiller is perfect. I intend to watch today again `My Fair Lady', a musical and fancy version of this story for comparison. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): `Pigmalião' (`Pygmalion')


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