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Pygmalion (1939) Movie Information

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Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard


Leslie Howard
Wendy Hiller
Wilfrid Lawson
Marie Lohr
Scott Sunderland
Jean Cadell





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Henry Higgins, a snobbish intellectual languages professor, makes a bet with a friend he can find a low-class woman and pass her off as a society gal. Yet finding the flower-seller Eliza Doolittle is easy, but transforming her into a lady will be something different, especially as she has a mind of her own. -- Chris Kavan

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Daniel Corleone 12/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A Henry Higgins (Howard) is an upper class phonetics professo bets with Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can teach a lower-class girl Eliza Doolittle (Hiller) to speak proper English have proper etiquette and thus be taken for a lady. Numerous methods were applied to Eliza to transform into a classy lady in which the results were sensational since she was accepted as a princess in the Ambassador's Ball. Freddie Eynsford-Hill (David Tree) courts Eliza. Film had a witty screenplay, stunning performances from Hiller and Howard, which compliments. The aura of the movie reminded me All About Eve and Sunset Blvd. Pygmalion is a social satire filled with intellectual humor and a fitting end.

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Allison 07/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Pygmalion is a film that's hard to beat. It is a predecessor and the non-musical version of the better-known My Fair Lady. You'd think it would take a lot for someone to be able to outdo Audrey Hepburn. In fact, yes, it would. Wendy Hiller is convincing as the down-and-out cockneyed-accented young miss who sells flowers. She undergoes a radical transformation, but with out a million sequences that has the audience in uproarious laughter. This is highly recommended if you're looking to have a good time and to be entertained.

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