Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?

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Mona Washbourne ...
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Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?

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27 December 1981 (UK)  »

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Mona Washbourne who plays Professor Higgins' housekeeper Mrs. Pearce in this production had played the exact same character 17 years earlier in the 1964 Best Picture Academy Award winning movie version of the musical stage play based upon "Pygmalion". See more »

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Professor Henry Higgins: Eliza, you are to live here for the next six months, learning how to speak beautifully like a lady in a florist's shop. If you are good and do whatever you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom and have lots to eat and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. If you are naughty and idle, you will sleep in the back kitchen among the black beetles and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you shall go to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully ...
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Version of Galateya (1977) See more »

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The best of all Elizas!
24 December 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

While Robert Powell was a strange choice to play Doolittle, and the idea that this would add a sexual frisson to his and Eliza's interplay comes to nothing, this is a surprisingly fine version of the play.

Twiggy is an absolute delight as Eliza. As well as being the genuine article (like Eliza, not a cockney but a working-class Londoner all the same), she is innocent, flustered, enchanting and plucky. Her chocolate eating line "I wouldn't 'ave eaten it, but I'm too much of a lady to spit it out" is one of many terrific moments she absolutely nails. And her "not bloody likely, I'm going in a taxi" is the funniest delivery of the line I've ever heard.

Arthur English is spot on as her father too. All in all it's a delightful experiment that really pays off.


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