Pygmalion

Pygmalion

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Director: Anthony Asquith

Cast: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfred Lawson

     
 

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Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller star in Anthony Asquith's and Leslie Howard's classic version of George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy. Henry Higgins (Howard) is an upper class phonetics professor who encounters low-class guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Hiller) and bets his friend Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can pass her off as a duchess within three… See more details below

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Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller star in Anthony Asquith's and Leslie Howard's classic version of George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy. Henry Higgins (Howard) is an upper class phonetics professor who encounters low-class guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Hiller) and bets his friend Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can pass her off as a duchess within three months. Pickering accepts Higgins' bet, with Eliza readily agreeing to the proposal, since she will get to live in Higgins' fancy home. Once in Higgins' house, Eliza is subjected to intensely repetitive phonetics lessons in an effort to transform her Cockney accent into the speech of proper English. Things are a bit rocky at first, with Eliza blurting out "Not bloody likely" at a tea party. But when Eliza is presented at the Ambassador's Ball, she is not only accepted as a princess but is the talk of the ball, everyone in attendance commenting on her charm, beauty, and poise. Relishing his success, Higgins abruptly dismisses her. But Eliza has fallen in love with Higgins and is aghast at her cursory treatment by him. She tells him, "I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me, I'm not fit to sell anything else." When Eliza leaves, Higgins realizes that he loves her too, but Eliza has announced to Higgins that she plans to marry high society playboy Freddie Eynsford-Hill (David Tree).

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All Movie Guide
One of George Bernard Shaw's most popular and durable plays concerns the stuffy British professor of phonetics who, on a bet, tries to transform a flower girls' speaking style from lower-class Cockney to proper English, with all it implies. Pygmalion was first filmed in Great Britain in 1938 and became an instant classic. Featuring well-pitched performances from Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in the lead roles, this Anthony Asquith film has the exquisite timing and tenor of a sophisticated comedy of manners. Barely concealed beneath the story is a devastating satire of British class pretensions. This material was adapted as the musical My Fair Lady in the 1950s and the film of the same name in 1964. It also inspired numerous imitatations, such as Educating Rita.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
UPC:
0715515043519
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
2,847

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendy Hiller Eliza Doolittle
Leslie Howard Prof. Henry Higgins
Wilfred Lawson Alfred Doolittle
Marie Lohr Mrs. Higgins
Scott Sunderland Col. Pickering
Jean Cadell Mrs. Pearce
David Tree Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Violet Vanbrugh Ambassadress
Iris Hoey Ysabel
Viola Tree Perfide
Cathleen Nesbitt Old Lady
O.B. Clarence Vicar
Esme Percy Count Aristid Karpathy
Frank Atkinson Actor
Irene Browne Duchess
Leo Genn Actor
Leucen MacGrath Clara Eynsford-Hill
H.F. Maltby Bystander
George Mozart Actor
Stephen Murray Police Constable
Wally Patch Bystander
Everley Gregg Mrs. Eynsford Hill
Kate Cutler Grand old lady
Ivor Barnard Bystander
Cecil Trouncer 1st Policeman
Anthony Quayle French Hairdresser

Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director,Screenwriter
Leslie Howard Director
Czettell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Dalrymple Screenwriter
Arthur Honegger Score Composer
Laurence Irving Art Director
David Lean Editor
Cecil Lewis Screenwriter
W.P. Lipscomb Screenwriter
Gabriel Pascal Producer
Schiaparelli Costumes/Costume Designer
George Bernard Shaw Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Worth Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essential Art House: Pygmalion
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:07]
2. "I'm a Good Girl, I Am!" [6:54]
3. "I Could Pass You Off As the Queen of Sheba" [5:15]
4. "I Want to Be a Lady" [8:22]
5. "You Have to Be Very Particular" [4:34]
6. "I'm One of the Undeserving Poor" [7:43]
7. Eliza's Lessons [2:50]
8. Eliza Takes Tea [9:30]
9. Higgins's Crash Course [4:52]
10. At the Embassy Ball [4:04]
11. A Hungarian Princess [6:54]
12. "There Are Your Slippers-and There!" [10:31]
13. "Kiss Me Again!" [3:27]
14. "Middle-Class Morality Claims Its Victim" [8:30]
15. Eliza Speaks Her Mind [7:20]
16. "Where the Devil Are My Slippers, Eliza?" [2:28]

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