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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bloody good movie. See more (62 total) »

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)

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 »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #4845) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:[directed to Eliza in anger] Get out and come home and don't be a fool!
Mrs. Higgins:Very nicely put indeed, Henry. No woman could resist such an invitation.
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Bloody good movie., 17 April 2004
Author: ac224 from NSW, Australia

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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