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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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Where the devil are my slippers, Eliza?" 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:
George Bernard Shaw's original play opened in London on 11 April 1914.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:If you can't appreciate what you've got, you'd better get what you can appreciate.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in From the Four Corners (1942)See more »

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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"Where the devil are my slippers, Eliza?", 26 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The nice thing about watching the screen version of Pygmalion is that having seen My Fair Lady and heard the original Broadway cast album a few thousand times, you know where the songs are supposed to go.

And you know the plot. There's a little more of George Bernard Shaw's social commentary about class in this one, but still we enjoy the romance of the man falling in love with his creation.

Leslie Howard is cast very much against type here. The romantic idealist that was Alan Squire or Ashley Wilkes, there's no trace of here. Professor Henry Higgins is one misanthropic fellow, a man who's disdained the social class mores of the pre-World War I, United Kingdom. But he's no social crusader. He's taken up the esoteric study of language and phonetics and on a bet with Colonel Pickering, boasts he can obliterate class lines for any subject by teaching proper speech.

And who's the subject, cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Someone who Higgins opens a new world for and after the wager is finished, just can't go back to what she was.

As in My Fair Lady, the funniest scenes are Eliza trying to master the English of the Oxford Dons. We don't get the Rain in Spain here, sung and danced as Eliza breaks through, but it's still the part I like the best.

Shaw's commentary about class distinctions come out of the mouth of Alfred P. Doolittle. Wilfrid Lawson's ideas about morality may very well make him the most original moralist in the English speaking world. The poor just can't afford them and he's driven kicking and screaming into the middle class with a sudden burst of luck. Think Mickey Rourke in Barfly, forced to clean up his act for the sake of convention.

Pygmalion introduced Wendy Hiller to the screen as Eliza Doolittle. It's a difficult part as Eliza evolves in front of us. Quite a revelation for Leslie Howard also.

Hiller of course would be another Shavian heroine in Major Barbara, another great role for her. Howard, sadly, never got a chance to tackle George Bernard Shaw again. I could see him as Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra or Cusins in Major Barbara.

Even without the songs, Pygmalion can be seen and enjoyed by all.

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