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Writers:
George Bernard Shaw (play)
George Bernard Shaw (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
3 March 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Leslie Howard ... Professor Henry Higgins

Wendy Hiller ... Eliza Doolittle
Wilfrid Lawson ... Alfred Doolittle
Marie Lohr ... Mrs. Higgins
Scott Sunderland ... Colonel George Pickering
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Pearce
David Tree ... Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Everley Gregg ... Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Leueen MacGrath ... Clara Eynsford Hill
Esme Percy ... Count Aristid Karpathy
Violet Vanbrugh ... Ambassadress
Iris Hoey ... Ysabel, Social Reporter
Viola Tree ... Perfide, Social Reporter
Irene Browne ... Duchess (as Irene Brown)
Kate Cutler ... Grand Old Lady
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Old Lady (as Kathleen Nesbitt)
O.B. Clarence ... Mr. Birchwood, the Vicar
Wally Patch ... First Bystander
H.F. Maltby ... Second Bystander
George Mozart ... Third Bystander
Ivor Barnard ... Sarcastic Bystander
Cecil Trouncer ... First Policeman
Stephen Murray ... Second Policeman
Eileen Beldon ... Mrs' Higgins Parlormaid
Frank Atkinson ... Taxi Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leo Genn ... Prince (uncredited)
Moyna MacGill ... Woman Bystander (uncredited)

Patrick Macnee ... Extra (uncredited)

Anthony Quayle ... Eliza's Hairdresser (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
Leslie Howard 
 
Writing credits
George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw (scenario and dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw)

W.P. Lipscomb (scenario) and
Cecil Lewis (scenario)

Ian Dalrymple  uncredited
Anatole de Grunwald  uncredited
Kay Walsh  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Gabriel Pascal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Honegger 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
David Lean 
 
Art Direction by
John Bryan 
 
Costume Design by
Ladislaw Czettel  (as Professor L. Czettel)
Schiaparelli (uncredited)
Worth (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Phil C. Samuel .... production manager (as Phil G. Samuel)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Teddy Baird .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Laurence Irving .... set designer
Baden Siddall .... property buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sash Fisher .... sound recordist (as Alex Fisher)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Hildyard .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Madeleine Godar .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... conductor
William Axt .... composer: additional music (US release ) (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Mayer .... script advisor (uncredited)
Hazel Wilkinson .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
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Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "Pgymalion" opened at the Park Theater opening October 12, 1914 and ran for 72 performances. The play premiered in a German translation at the Hofburg Theatre in Vienna on October 16, 1913 and in English at His Majesty's Theatre in London on April 11, 1914 and starred 'Mrs Patrick Campbell'.See more »
Quotes:
Prof. Henry Higgins:If you can't appreciate what you've got, you'd better get what you can appreciate.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of "Pigmalião 70" (1970)See more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
By George, they got it the first time..., 2 June 2004
Author: Norman K. Gillen (norman.gillen@hotmail.com) from Corpus Christi TX

George Bernard Shaw editorialized and lectured on the need for uprooting obsolete notions of a rigid English class-structure in order for individuals to realize their full potential. He wrote the play "Pygmalion" in 1912 and 1913 as part-social protest, part-satire, part-comedy of manners. Its central character, Henry Higgins, a London teacher of elocution and expert in regional phonetics, makes a small wager with his friend and colleague, Colonel George Pickering, that he can take a waif from the streets, one Eliza Doolittle, and pass her off as the cream of the social crop. Using a pedagogical technique consisting mostly of inhumane badgering and humiliation, he manages to pull off the feat with unexpected success – but at an emotional cost he does not foresee.

Besides the inventive montage sequences illustrating the frustration of linguist Higgins as he transforms Eliza from Cockney flower-girl to the statuesque, gowned beauty who's mistaken for a royal princess at a diplomatic reception, there are other items which failed to materialize in Shaw's original transcript – the use, for example, of the phrases, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plains" and "Hurricanes hardly happen in Hartford, Hereford, and Hampshire," both of which became lyrics for Lerner and Lowe's musical version of the play. Additionally, in Shaw's original play, Higgins's irritating Hungarian nemesis is not given a name; here, for the first time, he is dubbed "Kaparthy."

Leslie Howard, who co-directed this 1938 filmed version of the play, impersonates Higgins as a hard-core realist - diabolical, profane, impatient, sometimes maddening. And as Eliza, Wendy Hiller has her coy moments, particularly when she is "tried out" at a tea party given by Higgins's mother. Her carefully high-toned enunciation of "the new slang" is timed to perfection.

The film, unfortunately, leaves one with the feeling that at the story's conclusion - with Higgins quietly demanding to know from Eliza the whereabouts of his slippers - both student and mentor "live happily ever after." This contrived ending must have been a compromise on the part of the producer, Gabriel Pascal, although one finds it mystifying that Shaw, who is credited with the story's adaptation, would have ever endorsed such a sentimental ending. For as Shaw had written at the end of his play over two decades earlier, "the rest of the story need not be shown...if our imaginations were not so enfeebled by their lazy dependence on the...reach-me-downs of the rag shop in which Romance keeps its stock of happy endings..." The playwright then proceeded into seven pages of prose, describing an epilogue in which Eliza married the worshipful young suitor, Freddy Eynsford-Hill, and the generous Colonel Pickering set up the newlyweds in their own business near Victoria Station. As for any relationship between Higgins and Eliza, according to Shaw, "(to this day) he storms and bullies and derides; but she stands up to him so ruthlessly that the Colonel has to ask her from time to time to be kinder to Higgins." As is the aftermath of most good stories, the worm indeed did turn.

With Wilfrid Lawson as Eliza's father, Alfred; Scott Sunderland as Pickering; and David Tree impersonates the shallow but inoffensive Freddy in high style. (He would do the same with the role of Charles Lomax three years later in "Major Barbara.") If the American schleps and male-pushovers that Ralph Bellamy used to play in "The Awful Truth" and "His Girl Friday" ever had a British opposite-number, David Tree was it; he did the upper-class twit better than anyone.

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