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Pygmalion (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1939 (USA)
A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

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

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1.37 : 1
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The first British film to use the word "bloody" in its dialogue. See more »

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Prof. Henry Higgins: Now listen to me, Eliza. You're going to live here for six months and learn to speak beautifully like a lady in a florist shop. If you're good and do whatever you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. If you're naughty and idle, you shall sleep in the back kitchen among the black beetles and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you shall go to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, ...
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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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