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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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Despite extensive vocal training after landing the part of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964), Rex Harrison was unable to sing a note. In the end the director gave up and told him to quasi-speak the whole thing as he had done in the stage version. See more »

Goofs

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 »


Soundtracks

You Did It
(1956) (uncredited)
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Audrey Hepburn (dubbed by Marni Nixon), and Ensemble
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THE GREAT REX IN A LOVERLY FILM
20 July 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews



What more can one say? Rex Harrison owns this film,do we really care if julie or audrey played liza when watching the master Shavian work his magic? Harrison has played everything from Ceasar to THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR to BLYTHE SPIRIT and he was a brilliant actor,here he pulls out all the stops! charming,pig headed,arrogant and in many ways child like the oscar belonged to him hands down,he earned it. Yes, andrews would have been better than hepburn but audrey is a good actress and tried her best. Stanley Holloway and Gladys Cooper are brilliant in their supporting roles and wilfed hyde white is quite a funny,befuddled pickering. oh, and lest we forget the pre-holmesian jeremy brett,so good as the love struck eynsfoed-hill?

Splendid costumes by ir Cecil Beaton are a treat for th eye. and of course no one writes lyrics like alan lerner,his style was all his own..and oh, yes, thank you Shaw for providing pygmailion,without it we would have no FAIR LADY to praise.


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