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Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1939 (USA)
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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Wilfrid Lawson ...
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Scott Sunderland ...
Jean Cadell ...
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Leueen MacGrath ...
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Violet Vanbrugh ...
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Iris Hoey ...
Ysabel, Social Reporter
Viola Tree ...
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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He picked up a girl from the gutter - and changed her into a glamorous society butterfly ! . . . See Wendy Hiller, new star discovery, in this amazing role ! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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3 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Pigmalión  »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wilfrid Lawson was only 38 when he played Eliza Doolittle's father. 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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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Pygmalion (1956) See more »

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Good, and definitely not My Fair Lady
3 October 1999 | by (Brunswick, ME) – See all my reviews

After seeing Leslie Howard as Henry Higgins, there is no way I could find Rex Harrison half as appealing, with his chanting/singing, in My Fair Lady. Leslie Howard simply is Henry Higgins, and if he seems unappealing and unlikable, that's because he's supposed to be unappealing and unlikable -- Henry Higgins is not a nice man. Howard does an incredible job with the role, and Wendy Hiller's Eliza puts Audrey Hepburn, as lovely as she is, to shame.

If George Bernard Shaw thought that Howard's interpretation of his play was good, then who are we to argue?


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