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My Fair Lady -- Eliza sings The Rain in Spain
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My Fair Lady -- Clip: Eliza sings Wouldn't it be Loverly
My Fair Lady -- Clip: Eliza finds a friend in Mrs. Higgins

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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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Awards:
Won 8 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"I could have danced all night." See more (253 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)
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)
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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Additional Details

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Runtime:
170 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
The instrumental "Busker Sequence", which opens the play immediately after the Overture, is the only musical number from the play omitted in the film version. However, there are several measures from this piece that can be heard as we see Eliza in the rain, making her way through the cars and carriages in Covent Garden.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the Royal Ascot scene, the horses race in the wrong direction.

Ascot is a right-handed track where the horses race clockwise and the grandstand is on the outside of the track. The camera is facing the crowd, so the horses should race from left to right, but they're shown racing the other way.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Without YouSee more »

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"I could have danced all night.", 15 February 2008
Author: ackstasis from Australia

Until now, I didn't know that a simple musical could be quite so epic. From the opening moments, it's obvious that producer Jack L. Warner threw a bucket-load of money into the project, paying a then-unprecedented $5.5 million for the adaptation rights alone, with a total production budget of around $17 million. Warner placed this money into the respected, capable hands of veteran director George Cukor – well known for producing "women's pictures" – and Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn {in the role played on stage by Julie Andrews} were cast as the leads. Featuring extravagant set and costume design, and countless lengthy and elaborate musical sequences written by Alan Jay Lerner, the film tells a relatively straightforward story in just under three hours. Some have referred to the film as "vacuous," which is a justified description, considering how very little happens in 170 minutes. However, more importantly, the story is rarely dull and 'My Fair Lady' remains a memorable, albeit rather exhausting, cinema experience.

We first come across Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) as a poverty-stricken lady selling flowers on a crowded London street, her dishevelled hair and thick Cockney accent deeming her as unattractive as it is possible for Audrey Hepburn to appear {to such an extent that, for the first few minutes, I didn't realise who the actress actually was}. Huddled beneath a building pillar sits Professor Henry Higgins (Harrison), one of the world's leading linguists, an arrogant and impatient misogynist who bets Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), a fellow specialist from India, that, given just six months, he can pass off the pathetic flower vendor as an articulate, aristocratic duchess simply by teaching her how to properly speak the English language. Initially repulsed by the egotistical professor, Eliza is reluctant to spend six months in his company, but the promise of a better lifestyle proves overwhelming, and she arrives at his lonely mansion the following morning. Eliza's drunkard father, Alfred P. Doolittle (a wonderful Stanley Holloway) is at first insulted by the "abduction" of his primary source of whisky money, but is ignobly dissuaded from intervention by the payment of a mere five dollars.

The storyline of 'My Fair Lady' is nothing particularly remarkable, and the simple tale of Eliza's Cinderella-like transformation could quite easily have been told – in non-musical form – in less than 90 minutes. However, the musical numbers, of which there are many, are among the most extravagant that I've seen. Songs such as "With A Little Bit of Luck" and "Get Me to The Church on Time" continue for far longer that you'd anticipate, but the optimists among us will maintain that this is simply offering the audience more of a good thing, and I'm rather inclined to agree. My favourite number would undoubtedly be Rex Harrison's passionate rendition of "An Ordinary Man," a joyfully misogynistic {if misguided} love-letter towards the female sex. The continual alternation between a fast and slow tempo makes the song highly entertaining to follow, and Harrison's distinctive vocal style – a curious balance of traditional singing and conversation – appeals to his character's professional, educated background. George Cukor's film proved more successful than even Jack Warner could have hoped, sweeping the 1965 Academy Awards with an incredible eight wins from twelve nominations.

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