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George Bernard Shaw (play)
George Bernard Shaw (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
3 March 1939 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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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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96 min | USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
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

Did You Know?

The scene in which Eliza accidentally swallows a marble whilst having an elocution lesson does not appear in the original play. During rehearsals for this scene a pained expression came over Wendy Hiller's face; when she spat out the marbles she had in her mouth she said: "Leslie, I've swallowed one!" to which Leslie Howard replied "Never mind there are plenty more". This caused such amusement among the watching crew that it was added to the film.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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
They don't get much better than this one., 15 July 2007
Author: kelly_r_1983 from United States

Nearly 70 years later the Gabriel Pascal "Pygmalion" still sets the bar for film adaptation of a stage play. So much so, in fact, that the GBS incorporated many of the film's upgrades into the authoritative published version of the play, despite the play being more than 20 years old when the film was made.

When was the last time you saw a performance leap off the screen like Leslie Howard's as Professor Higgins? Shaw never saw such treatment on screen again, even under Pascal's hand. The film of "Major Barbara" is interesting (and a bit bizarre toward the end) in its own right, with some magnificent bits in the Act II homeless shelter and a heart-wrenching Wendy Hiller, but pales next to the stage version in its intellectual, political and dramatic depth. And all the rest, even the charming "Caesar and Cleopatra" with Raines and Leigh, just don't cut it compared to the plays.

"Pygmalion" is where any screenwriter needs to start in adapting a play for the movies. No one has done it better since.

(BTW, GBS's afterward to "Pygmalion" is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, I think. It's intentionally ridiculous, so that the mob clamoring for a romantic ending would realize just how inappropriate and uninteresting that would have been.)

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