|Starring:||Wendy Hiller, Leslie Howard, Winifred Lawson, Scott Sunderland|
|Directors:||Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard|
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Aug 2007|
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Bloody marvellous!By Rehan (128 reviews) from London , 22 Sep 2007
[Highly rated reviewer](The original play, first performed in Britain in 1914, caused a stir by being the first to include the word 'bloody' - how times change.)
Unusually, Shaw himself wrote the screenplay - for which he won an Oscar - altering a few things slightly (like the ending). His works are becoming popular again which is good, because at their best (and 'Pygmalion' is one of his very best) they're strongly felt and witty and hugely entertaining.
'My Fair Lady' which was adapted from this, seems a ludicrous, saccharine abortion by comparison with this wonderful satire of superficial class distinctions, an unsentimental, wry look at a bunch of flawed characters, without exception superbly cast: not just the principals - Leslie Howard is perfect as the brattish Professor Higgins - and the main character roles like Eliza's father ('Nah Nah, guv'nor, I'm a member of the h'undeserving poor'), but even the small parts like the Scottish housekeeper and Higgins' mother.
And of course, the main idea of the work, that the way you speak English can define or alter your social status, is still evident, even if some of the pronunciations have changed; and I don't think it's ever been conveyed in film as enjoyably as here.
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Teach somebody something... you might learn someBy CommonCat (2 reviews) , 30 Sep 2012A lovely movie, and a true romantic comedy as they should be made. There is so much more romanticism and elegance into those old movies, and the women tend to be depicted into much more interesting ways that contemporary movies. Funny, clever and uplifting. Recommended.
pygmalion theBy ricky (361 reviews) from Hastings , 26 Jul 2011this movie was and is a classic i first saw my fair lady and found this excellent well worth watching and i agree with all the previous positive reviews.
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Good TheatreBy a customer from Derby England , 13 Aug 2010We enjoyed this as a filmed version of Shaw's original play - with some good dialogue and arguments, some fine acting and an excellent social commentary on the times. It was also easy to see the scenes in which the songs were developed for the later musical.
Leslie HowardBy RoseKnight (6 reviews) from Canterbury , 22 Apr 2009This was one of the best pre-war films and I remember seeing it not once but several times.
I was thrilled to be able to see it again it stirred memories
Pure Joy.By PUDDING (22 reviews) from Trefechan, Aberystwyth , 26 Sep 2008Great! I've always thought Rex Harrison perfect as Higgins, but Howard is equally as good, he brings a particular physicality to it. Indeed, it feels as though My Fair Lady owes much to this earlier work as some of the staging is identical right down to characters looking the same (e.g. the market worker that first alerts Doolittle to Higgins presence). Wendy Hiller is fine as Doolittle but I do prefer Hepburn's version, Hiller sits aloof the character where Hepburn (bullied; as she may have been) is Doolittle. Still, this is great and closer to the original play. Must see!