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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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David Tree ...
Everley Gregg ...
Leueen MacGrath ...
Esme Percy ...
Violet Vanbrugh ...
Iris Hoey ...
Ysabel, Social Reporter
Viola Tree ...
Perfide, Social Reporter
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 <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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pigmalión  »

Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In British prints, Leslie Howard utters the word "damn". In American prints he says either "hang" or "confounded". This was a year before David O. Selznick famously tussled with the Hays Office over permission for Clark Gable to say "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" at the end of Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Eliza Doolittle: What's to become of me?
Prof. Henry Higgins: Oh, so that's what's worrying you, is it? Ooh, you'll settle down somewhere or other. But I hadn't quite realized... that you were going away.
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Remade as Gong zi duo qing (1988) See more »

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Bloody good movie.
17 April 2004 | by (NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

Although "Pygmalion" is a black and white movie, and pretty old, it's really well done. The actors are very convincing - Higgins is just as rude as I thought he'd be, and Eliza as moralistic and vivacious. It complements the written play itself - not many things are left out and it does not seem too heavy or dramatised. The supporting cast were great as well - Mrs Pearce, Colonel Pickering, Mr Doolittle and Mrs Higgins were excellent. As for dialogue, there is a lot of it, but it's all so meaningful, that you have to be riveted so you don't miss a thing. The fact that it is black and white is actually irrelevant.

Oh yes. "Pygmalion" is the story of a Professor of Phonetics (Higgins) trying to change a flower girl in the streets (Eliza) into a lady in the middle class.

Overall, "Pygmalion" is an excellent movie, not to be missed.

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