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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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Wilfrid Lawson ...
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Jean Cadell ...
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Iris Hoey ...
Ysabel, Social Reporter
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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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Pigmalión  »

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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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George Bernard Shaw, a guest at San Simeon of William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies when he was in California, reportedly wrote to her offering the actress the role of Eliza in the film version. 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

Prof. Henry Higgins: You might marry you know? Youre not bad-looking; it's quite a pleasure to look at you sometimes-not now, of course, because youre crying and looking as ugly as the very devil; but when youre all right and quite yourself, youre what I should call attractive. That is, to the people in the marrying line, you understand. You go to bed and have a good nice rest; and then get up and look at yourself in the glass; and you wont feel so cheap.
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not My Fair Lady ...
12 January 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While My Fair Lady was a tremendous film which is a pleasure to watch and rewatch, Pygmalion is the true cinematic version of Shaw's work and this version is brilliant. While I still have mixed feelings about the Henry-Eliza relationship and the play ending, it has to be said that the two leads here are perfect for their roles. There were not many British actors better than Howard at the time for this type of thing, and Wendy Hiller never disappointed her audience once in her long career. A good film full of detail and feeling. The one sticking point is the weak and feeble Freddie who at least was given a personality in MFL. Here you can't wonder that Eliza is so quick to discard his attentions. A film which should be celebrated and treasured more in the UK than it is.


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