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Pygmalion ()


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A phonetics and diction expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Higgins
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Eliza
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Doolittle
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Mrs. Higgins
Scott Sunderland ...
Colonel Pickering
Jean Cadell ...
Mrs. Pearce
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Freddy
Everley Gregg ...
Mrs. Eynsford Hill
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Clara (as Leueen Macgrath)
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Count Aristid Karpathy
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Ambassadress
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Duchess (as Irene Brown)
Kate Cutler ...
Grand Old Lady
O.B. Clarence ...
A Vicar
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Sarcastic Bystander
Cecil Trouncer ...
First Policeman
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Ysabel Social Reporter
Viola Tree ...
Perfide Social Reporter
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A Lady (as Kathleen Nesbitt)
Wally Patch ...
First Bystander
H.F. Maltby ...
Second Bystander
George Mozart ...
Third Bystander
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Second Policeman
Eileen Beldon ...
Mrs. Higgin's Parlourmaid
Frank Atkinson ...
Taxi-Driver
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Prince (uncredited)
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Woman Bystander (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
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Eliza's Hairdresser (uncredited)

Directed by

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Anthony Asquith
Leslie Howard

Written by

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George Bernard Shaw ... (screen play and dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw)
 
W.P. Lipscomb ... (scenario) and
Cecil Lewis ... (scenario)
 
Ian Dalrymple ... () (uncredited)
 
Anatole de Grunwald ... () (uncredited)
 
George Bernard Shaw ... (play) (uncredited)
 
Kay Walsh ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Gabriel Pascal ... producer

Music by

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Arthur Honegger

Cinematography by

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Harry Stradling Sr. ... (photography) (as Harry Stradling)

Film Editing by

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David Lean

Art Direction by

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John Bryan

Production Management

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Phil C. Samuel ... production manager (as Phil G. Samuel)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Teddy Baird ... assistant director

Art Department

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Laurence Irving ... sets designer
Baden Siddall ... property buyer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Sash Fisher ... recordist (as Alex Fisher)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jack Hildyard ... camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ladislaw Czettel ... dress designer (as Professor L.Czettel)
Madeleine Godar ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Louis Levy ... musical conductor
William Axt ... composer: additional music (US release) (uncredited)

Other crew

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Suzanne Clair ... producer's secretary (uncredited)
Carl Mayer ... script advisor (uncredited)
Dennison Thornton ... publicist (uncredited)
Hazel Wilkinson ... continuity (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The snobbish & intellectual Professor of languages, Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend that he can take a London flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, from the gutters and pass her off as a society lady. However he discovers that this involves dealing with a human being with ideas of her own. Written by Steve Crook

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Taglines He picked up a girl from the gutter - and changed her into a glamorous society butterfly ! . . . See Wendy Hiller, new star discovery, in this amazing role ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (United Kingdom)
  • Pygmalión (Spain)
  • Der Roman eines Blumenmädchens (West Germany)
  • Pigmaleão (Portugal)
  • Пигмалион (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Budget $350,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The scene in which Eliza accidentally swallows a marble whilst having an elocution lesson does not appear in the original play. During rehearsals for this scene a pained expression came over Wendy Hiller's face; when she spat out the marbles she had in her mouth she said, "Leslie, I've swallowed one!" to which Leslie Howard replied: "Never mind there are plenty more." This caused such amusement among the watching crew that it was added to the film -- and to its musical version, My Fair Lady. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade of Hits for 1940 (1940). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: PYGMALION WAS A MYTHOLOGICAL CHARACTER WHO DABBLED IN SCULPTURE. HE MADE A STATUE OF HIS IDEAL WOMAN-GALATEA. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT HE PRAYED THE GODS TO GIVE IT LIFE. HIS WISH WAS GRANTED. BERNARD SHAW IN HIS FAMOUS PLAY GIVES A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF THIS THEME. See more »
Quotes Prof. Henry Higgins: If you can't appreciate what you've got, you'd better get what you can appreciate.
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