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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:
not My Fair Lady ... See more (60 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)
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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 »
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 had previously rejected an offer from Samuel Goldwyn for the screen rights to his plays. He was more impressed with Gabriel Pascal's integrity as a producer, thus beginning a partnership that yielded adaptations of Pygmalion (1938), Major Barbara (1941), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) and Androcles and the Lion (1952).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:
[repeated line]
Eliza Doolittle:I'm a good girl, I am!
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Movie Connections:
Version of Pygmalion (1948) (TV)See more »

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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
not My Fair Lady ..., 12 January 2001
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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