My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

George Cukor (1964)

166min
U Certificate
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Review

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This sumptuous adaptation of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's smash Broadway version of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion won eight well-deserved Oscars. It boasts superb performances from Rex Harrison - repeating his stage success as Henry Higgins - and Stanley Holloway as Alfred P Doolittle (Warner Bros wanted James Cagney). At the time, there was criticism that Julie Andrews didn't re-create her original Broadway role, but Audrey Hepburn is still quite wonderful as Eliza. If not coarse enough for the Covent Garden flower girl, nobody, but nobody, could ever blossom as beautifully as Hepburn does in the Cecil Beaton costumes later on, and, despite being dubbed in the singing duties by Marni Nixon, her portrayal is funny and heart-warming in equal doses. A more visually inspired director - Vincente Minnelli or William Wyler - might have brought a little more élan to the work, but, with elegance and taste, George Cukor rightly preserves the theatricality of the enterprise and provides a joyful experience to savour again and again.

Summary

Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, bets his friend Colonel Pickering that he can teach cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle to speak like a duchess. Oscar-winning musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway. Songs featured include I Could Have Danced All Night, and Wouldn't It Be Loverly.

Cast & Crew

Eliza Doolittle Audrey Hepburn
Professor Henry Higgins Rex Harrison
Alfred P Doolittle Stanley Holloway
Colonel Hugh Pickering Wilfrid Hyde White
Mrs Higgins Gladys Cooper
Freddy Eynsford-Hill Jeremy Brett
Zoltan Karpathy Theodore Bikel
Mrs Eynsford-Hill Isobel Elsom
Mrs Pearce Mona Washbourne
Jamie John Alderson
Harry John McLiam
Eliza Marni Nixon
Freddy Bill Shirley
Director George Cukor
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Pathe LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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