A young woman works to overcome her dyslexia with the help of a good-hearted cab driver.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna James
Joe Holiday
Cynthia Harris ...
Barbara Cunningham
Peter Donat ...
Edward James
Louis Cunningham
T.G. Sheppard ...
Jacques (as William Browder)
Al Cingolani ...
2nd Driver
Dolores Dorn ...
Sue Ann Gilfillan ...
Dr. Beatrice Adams
Joe Miksak ...
3rd Doorman
Bill Bonham ...
Deli Waiter


A young woman works to overcome her dyslexia with the help of a good-hearted cab driver.

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Joanna's never had the chance to live for herself. She's always been sheltered - and miserable. But now Joanna's in love -- and she's ready to fight for what she wants.


Comedy | Drama | Romance





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3 November 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Pygmalion:San Francisco Style and it's great!
10 June 2003 | by (Mamaroneck,New York,USA) – See all my reviews

In this twist on Shaw's "Pygmalion!".Valerie Bertinelli plays:"Joanna James".The sheltered daughter of a well to do but thoughtless and overprotective millionaire.Who has trouble dealing with his daughter's inability to cope with the real world."Jo's"(Ms.Bertinelli)is misdiagnosed as Brain damaged and her problems are never properly delt with by her teachers and her doctors.It isn't until she meets a part time cab driver and a struggleing english teacher and writer(Robert Desario)that her problem is revealed.The poor young woman is diagnosed with Dyslexsia And he helps her with her inabliity to read properly.Much to the displeasure of "Joanna's"Father.The film is a wonderful romantic comedy that saterizes social morals and the foolishness of parents over protecting their kids.The Chemistry between Ms.Bertinelli and Mr.Desario is beautiful.Their characters work very well together.The actor playing her father is very convincing and so the actress playing Ms.Bertinelli's housekeeper.The only character.Who does very little but complain about Mr.Desario's involvement with Ms.Bertinelli is Ms.Shelly Long.Who is little more than an annoying contrivence.She tries to play Mr.Desario's conscience.But she does it in a manner that is phoney,unessicary and annoying as hell! Despite this flaw."The Princess & The Cabbie"is a romantic comedy worthy of George Shaw,Al Lerner,Fritz Lowe and Julie Andrews And Rex Harrison.Bravo Val And Bob!

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