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Director:
Writers:
Alan Jay Lerner (book)
George Bernard Shaw (from a play by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1964 (USA) See more »
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The loverliest motion picture of them all! See more »
Plot:
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Wonderful, but I missed Julie Andrews See more (251 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Audrey Hepburn ... Eliza Doolittle

Rex Harrison ... Professor Henry Higgins

Stanley Holloway ... Alfred P. Doolittle

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Colonel Hugh Pickering

Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Higgins

Jeremy Brett ... Freddy Eynsford-Hill

Theodore Bikel ... Zoltan Karpathy
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Pearce
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
John Holland ... Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Aimers ... Cockney (uncredited)
Helen Albrecht ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Jamie - Doolittle's crony (uncredited)
Mary Alexander ... Cockney (uncredited)
LaWana Backer ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Elegant Bystander (uncredited)
Lois Battle ... Second Maid (uncredited)
Brittania Beatey ... Daughter of Elegant Bystander (uncredited)
William Beckley ... Footman (uncredited)
Marjorie Bennett ... Cockney with Pipe (uncredited)
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Greek Ambassador (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Lady at Ball (uncredited)
Diana Bourbon ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
Iris Bristol ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
Sue Bronson ... Toff (uncredited)
Meg Brown ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Buddy Bryant ... Prince of Transylvania (uncredited)
Walter Burke ... Bystander Who Warns Eliza (uncredited)
Bea Marie Busch ... Cockney (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Ascot Gavotte (uncredited)
Jeannie Carson ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Paulle Clark ... Ad Lib at Ascot (uncredited)
Natalie Core ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
Tom Cound ... Footman (uncredited)
Jennifer Crier ... Mrs. Higgins' Maid (uncredited)
Maurice Dallimore ... Selsey Man (uncredited)
Allison Daniell ... Ad Lib at Ascot (uncredited)

Henry Daniell ... Ambassador (uncredited)
Donna Day ... Cockney (uncredited)
Roy Dean ... Footman (uncredited)
Thomas Dick ... Cockney (uncredited)
Brendan Dillon ... Leading Man (uncredited)
Anne Dore ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Harvey B. Dunn ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
Sandy Edmundson ... Toff (uncredited)
Joe Evans ... Cockney (uncredited)
Kai Farelli ... Juggler (uncredited)
Ray Foster ... Cockney (uncredited)
Raymond Foster ... Cockney (uncredited)
Raymond Foster ... Undtermined Role (uncredited)
Stanley Fraser ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Charles Fredericks ... King George V in Fantasy Sequence (uncredited)
Lea Genovese ... Toff (uncredited)
Ayllene Gibbons ... Fat Woman at Pub (uncredited)
Jack Goldie ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Jack Greening ... George (uncredited)
Beatrice Grenough ... Grand Lady (uncredited)
Clive Halliday ... Costermonger (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Guest at Ball (uncredited)
Marjory Hawtrey ... Ad Lib at Ascot (uncredited)
Eric Heath ... Costermonger (uncredited)
Monika Henreid ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Eugene Hoffman ... Juggler (uncredited)
Samuel Holmes ... Cockney (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... (uncredited)
Clyde Howdy ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... Elegant Bystander (uncredited)
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Lady Ambassador (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Cockney (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Goldie Kleban ... Cockney (uncredited)
Peter Ladefoged ... Voice of Linguistics Lesson (uncredited)
Alma Lawton ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Cockney Bystander (uncredited)
William Linkie ... Cockney (uncredited)
Moyna MacGill ... Lady Boxington (uncredited)
Laurie Main ... Hoxton Man Not Hoston (uncredited)
Sidney Marion ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Eric Martin ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Man at Coffee Stand (uncredited)
John McLiam ... Harry (uncredited)
Shirley Melline ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Carol Merrill ... Toff (uncredited)
Gigi Michel ... Toff (uncredited)
Lenore Miller ... Cockney (uncredited)
John Mitchum ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Barbara Morrison ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
Marlene Morrow ... Toff (uncredited)

Alan Napier ... Gentleman Escorting Eliza to the Queen (uncredited)
Nick Navarro ... Dancer (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Costermonger (uncredited)
Patrick O'Moore ... Man (uncredited)
Richard Peel ... Costermonger (uncredited)
George Pelling ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Doolittle's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Bystander (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Cockney (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Extra (uncredited)
Olive Reeves-Smith ... Mrs. Hopkins (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Suitor at Ball (uncredited)
David Robel ... Cockney (uncredited)
Dinah Anne Rogers ... First Maid (uncredited)
Victor Rogers ... Policeman (uncredited)
Corinne Ross ... Cockney (uncredited)
Baroness Rothschild ... Queen of Transylvania (uncredited)
Wendy Russell ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Kenny Salvatt ... Racegoer in 'Ascot Gavotte' Sequence (uncredited)
Miriam Schiller ... Landlady (uncredited)
Buddy Shea ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Orville Sherman ... Ascot Extra (uncredited)
Bill Shirley ... Freddy Eynsford-Hill (singing voice) (uncredited)
Jacqueline Squire ... Parlor Maid (uncredited)
Michael St. Clair ... Bartender (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Sandy Steffens ... Toff (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Ascot Extra / Guest at Ball (uncredited)
Henry Sweetman ... Cockney (uncredited)
William Taylor ... Cockney (uncredited)
Joy Tierney ... Cockney (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Singer (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Watts ... Cook (uncredited)
Ron Whelan ... Algernon / Bartender (uncredited)
Elzada Wilson ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
Nick Wolcum ... Ad Lib at Church (uncredited)
James Wood ... Cockney (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... Footman at Ball (uncredited)
Ben Wrigley ... Costermonger (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Alan Jay Lerner (book of musical play)

George Bernard Shaw (from a play by) (as Bernard Shaw)

Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack L. Warner .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler (film editor) (as William Ziegler)
 
Production Design by
Cecil Beaton 
Gene Allen (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Gene Allen 
Cecil Beaton (uncredited)
Malcolm C. Bert (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Cecil Beaton (costumes)
Michael Neuwirth (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Dean Cole .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit manager
Rudi Fehr .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cecil Beaton .... scenery designer
 
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Murray Spivack .... sound
George Groves .... sound recordist: studio (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Perry Finnerman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... camera operator (uncredited)
George R. Schrader .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Schweibert .... color technician (uncredited)
Chris Schwiebert .... color technician (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Robert Lennard .... casting: British (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eleanor Abbey .... costumer (uncredited)
Dave Berman .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Geoffrey Brown .... costumer (uncredited)
Norma Brown .... costumer (uncredited)
Betty Huff .... costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Anne Laune .... costumer (uncredited)
Bob Richards .... costumer (uncredited)
Gerda Robinson .... costume design coordinator (uncredited)
Joe Wiatt .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator
Alan Jay Lerner .... lyrics by
Frederick Loewe .... additional music
Frederick Loewe .... music by
André Previn .... music conductor (as Andre Previn)
André Previn .... music supervisor (as Andre Previn)
Robert Tucker .... vocal arrangements
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrations (as Al Woodbury)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herman Levin .... stage producer: musical play
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Leah Barnes .... milliner (uncredited)
Max Bercutt .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Carl Combs .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Peter Ladefoged .... advisor: phonetics (uncredited)
Mort Lichter .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Marni Nixon .... singing double: Audrey Hepburn (uncredited)
Sergei Petschnikoff .... production administrator (uncredited)
Susan Seton .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros. Picture) (as Warner Bros. Pictures)
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Runtime:
170 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Revealing mistakes: In almost the final scene, when Higgins goes to open the door with the key, he inserts the key, but doesn't turn it before opening the door.See more »
Quotes:
[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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37 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful, but I missed Julie Andrews, 8 July 2002
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

I thought the music was wonderful. I thought Audrey Hepburn was just adorable and so full of energy and grace and just fascinating to watch. Rex Harrison was an absolutely perfect Professor Higgins and never wavered or changed character. My problem (a minor one) is with the ending and with the dubbing.

The story is brilliant of course, taken from George Bernard Shaw's acclaimed play Pygmalion, although materially altered to fit the requirements of a musical comedy. The contrast of the unschooled street urchin Liza Doolittle and the stuffy, self-possessed confirmed bachelor, a kind of nineteenth century British man of science, wonderfully accomplished in his profession, but blind to himself when it comes to relationships with other people, made for a most interesting match. And the delusive dream of a man forming his own perfect woman (which is the basis of the Pygmalion legend) works so very well with a conceited linguist tutoring a cockney girl. The entire concept is a work of genius with the drunken father and the objectifying Col. Pickering and the very right Mrs. Pierce.

But there are some problems. Freddy is needed of course as another "objectifying" character to make it clear just how desirable Eliza really is and how foolish and blind Professor Higgins is in not seeing this--in theory, of course, because in practice with Audrey Hepburn or Julie Andrews as Eliza, this would seem entirely unnecessary. And indeed without Freddy we do not have the beautiful "On the Street Where You Live." But even with him Prof. Higgins does not see, and indeed even at the resolution of the story, he still does not see, as he asks for his slippers. If this were presented to current London and Broadway audiences it would never play the way it was written. Professor Higgins would need to see the light and he would have to get his own slippers!

The dubbing and the need for it is curious. There is no doubt that Marni Nixon, who did the singing, has a beautiful and commanding voice, and we are the better for having heard her, but why is the dubbing so obvious? It's almost as if Miss Hepburn is saying to the audience: they said it would be better if Miss Nixon sings instead of me because her voice is stronger and so very well trained. And so Hepburn does not completely lip-sync some of the opening words of songs as though to remind us that she is not singing. And the contrast between her delicate voice and then the sudden power of Marni Nixon's is obvious. Beyond this is the question of why Julie Andrews, who has a voice to match that of Miss Nixon, and charisma and charm at least in the same ballpark as Miss Hepburn, wasn't asked to play the part that she knew so very well from her experience on the stage. Still, as another reviewer has so acutely noted, if she had been asked, we would have missed her in Mary Poppins, which was made the same year. I should also note that Hepburn was 33 or 34 years old when this was made (although she looked almost ten years younger). Nonetheless she was playing the part of "a good girl, I am," whom Pickering identifies in his call to Scotland Yard as being 21 years old.

Curious. But all is forgiven because Audrey Hepburn is just so beautiful, so elegant and so delightful in the part. I especially loved her in the opening scene in her soiled clothes and hat and her sour voice. By the way, I have heard Julie Andrews sing the part, although I never saw her on the stage, and the way she "meow's" Eliza's accent, like a cat's claw on a chalk board, is really amazing. (Get the CD.)

This is one of the best movie musicals ever made, a sheer delight highlighted not only by Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, but by Stanley Holloway as the Liza's lovable rascal father and Wilfrid Hyde-White as the very understanding and very properly British Col. Pickering with opulent direction by the great George Cukor. The sets and production numbers are gorgeous. But see it for Audrey Hepburn, one of the great stars of the silver screen in one of her most memorable roles.

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