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My Fair Lady (1964)

A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

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Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor. Written by Jwelch5742

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25 December 1964 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$72,000,000 (USA)
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All of the songs in the film were performed near complete; however, there were some verse omissions, as there sometimes are in film versions of Broadway musicals. For example, in the song "With a Little Bit of Luck", the verse "He does not have a Tuppence in his pocket", which was sung with a chorus, was omitted, due to space and its length. The original verse in "Show Me" was used instead. See more »

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Eliza puts down her basket by the fire when she is singing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly". After the song is over and she leaves in the carriage, she does not have her basket. See more »

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[first lines]
[sounds from crowd, occasionally a word or phrase, indistinct and mostly not associated with a character]
Mrs. Eynsford-Hill: Don't just stand there, Freddy, go and find a cab.
Freddy Eynsford-Hill: All right, I'll get it, I'll get it.
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Crazy Credits

In the posters, playbills and the original cast album for the stage version of "My Fair Lady", the credits always read "based on Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' ", letting the audience know what play "My Fair Lady" was actually adapted from. The movie credits simply read "from a play by Bernard Shaw". See more »


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Show Me
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Audrey Hepburn (dubbed by Marni Nixon) and Jeremy Brett (dubbed by Bill Shirley)
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Lumbering
21 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Lumbering,overlong musical based on the Broadway hit,which in turn was based on Shaw's play.Major assets: the lavish costumes and Harrison's on-target performance.Major flaws: the too-stagey sets,the irrelevant musical numbers involving Hepburn's father, and Hepburn herself,who is,in the first part,utterly unconvincing (later she improves).The 1938 "Pygmalion" is too talky but still better.


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