Pygmalion

Pygmalion

Anthony Asquith (1938)

91min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A superb film version of George Bernard Shaw's most popular play, for which Shaw himself was awarded a special Academy Award for his contribution (the embassy ball scene) to the screenplay. The film actually won Oscars for the adaptors of the screenplay. Leslie Howard was never better as Henry Higgins (a role Shaw wanted to go to Charles Laughton), and both he and Wendy Hiller (quite brilliant as Eliza Doolittle) were unlucky not to win Oscars themselves. Although Howard took a co-directing credit, Anthony Asquith handled most of the action, acquiring himself an unrivalled reputation for stage adaptation in the process. Infinitely superior to its musical incarnation, My Fair Lady.

Summary

An arrogant elocution teacher makes a bet that he can transform a cockney flower-seller into a lady. Comedy drama, starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.

Cast & Crew

Professor Henry Higgins Leslie Howard
Eliza Doolittle Wendy Hiller
Alfred Doolittle Wilfrid Lawson
Mrs Higgins Marie Lohr
Colonel Pickering Scott Sunderland
Mrs Pearce Jean Cadell
Freddy Eynsford-Hill David Tree
Mrs Eynsford-Hill Everley Gregg
Clara Eynsford-Hill Leueen MacGrath
Ambassadress Violet Vanbrugh
Director Anthony Asquith
Director Leslie Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama