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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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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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Additional Details

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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:
Audrey Hepburn herself revealed years later that had she turned down the role of Eliza, the next actress to be offered it would not have been Julie Andrews but Elizabeth Taylor, who wanted it desperately.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Eliza is singing "I Could Have Danced All Night," the maids are furiously trying to dress her into the nightgown. Her right sleeve is tied but the left remains untied until she exits the bathroom where it's tied.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 At First Sight (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ascot GavotteSee more »

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35 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
I could have danced all night!, 16 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"My Fair Lady" made theater history when it opened on Broadway. The waiting for tickets to see the show was something unheard of for a sellout musical. Lerner and Loewe, its creators, probably never thought they had the tremendous hit it became, at all. The film version of "My Fair Lady" came to the screen via George Cukor, a man who knew about the movie business well.

The film resonated with audiences because of the immensely elegant finished product Mr. Cukor offered the world. Of course, the film is helped by the genius of Cecil Beaton, who had the eye for the right style. Mr. Beaton served as art director and had a thing to say about the fabulous costumes assembled for the movie. The Ascot race sequence is a tribute to his sense of elegance.

Rex Harrison, repeating the role of Professor Higgins that he originated on Broadway, gives a stellar performance. Not having seen him on stage, at least one can imagine how he amazed audiences that flocked to see the show. In the film he makes an absolutely delightful Higgins, a man of science who can't see what's in front of him. The transformation he achieves in turning the Cockney flower girl into a lady of elegance, is perhaps, something he didn't even think he would be able to pull. In Mr. Harrison's performance one can see how Eliza warms this confirmed bachelor into accepting her in a romantic way.

Audrey Hepburn was chosen over Julie Andrews, the original Eliza on Broadway, in a move that puzzled everyone in the theatrical world. How could Eliza be played by anyone else, let alone that someone else would be that charming actress Audrey Hepburn? Ms. Hepburn's Eliza is a delicious characterization; her take on the poor flower girl starts slowly, taking us with her all the way. We fall in love with Eliza, the character, as played brilliantly by Ms. Hepburn, who knew how to charm us with her beauty and easy elegance in everything she did.

The English cast was wonderful. Stanley Holloway, a veteran of the English cinema played Alfred P. Doolitlle, Eliza's father. Mr. Holloway is charming every time one sees him. Gladys Cooper, one of the first ladies of the English stage, is seen as Mrs. Higgins, a grande dame of society, who is charmed by Eliza and knows her son will end up loving the girl of his experiment. Wilfred Hyde-White, another distinguished actor plays Col. Pickering, Higgins' ally and friend. Jeremy Brett plays the playboy Freddy, the man that loves the street where Eliza lives!

Of course, what makes "My Fair Lady" special is the great musical score by Mr. Loewe with lyrics by Mr. Lerner. Most of the songs are by now, standards that have delighted us since they were written and have been sung by practically all the best singers of the world.

Mr. Cukor deserves credit for directing this film with his usual flair as he feasts our eyes with a stunning film that will always be loved by whoever watches it.

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