Pygmalion Overview:

Pygmalion (1938) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Leslie Howard and Anthony Asquith and produced by Gabriel Pascal.

Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorLeslie HowardNominated
Best ActressWendy HillerNominated
Best WritingScreenplay and Dialogue by George Bernard Shaw; Adaptation by W. P. Lipscomb, Cecil Lewis, Ian DalryWon
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated

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Pygmalion (1938) with Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller

By Greg Orypeck on Feb 19, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

Share This!?I washed me face and hands before I come, I did.? ?? Eliza Doolittle The 1964 film musical version of George Bernard Shaw?s 1912 play, now retitled My Fair Lady and, some say, the most anticipated film since Gone With the Wind, earned many headlines and captured much attention during pro... Read full article

Pygmalion (1938)

By Beatrice on Nov 29, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Pygmalion Directed by Anthony Asquith Written by George Bernard Shaw 1938/UK Gabriel Pascal Productions Repeat viewing This may be the best adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play. ?I love this film! Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) bets that he can pass Cockney flower seller Eliza... Read full article


By Alyson on Dec 21, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

In the first month of this blog, I watched My Fair Lady, the musical remake of Pygmalion, for the first time in my life and simply ripped that film a new one. ?I still stand behind what I said, but realize now that all I needed to enjoy the same story was less flamboyant actors and no musical interr... Read full article

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Professor Henry Higgins: Where the devil are my slippers, Eliza?

Eliza Doolittle: Walk? Not bloody likely. I'm going to take a taxi.

Eliza Doolittle: I washed me face and hands before I come, I did.

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Wendy Hiller was personally chosen to play the part of Eliza Doolittle by author George Bernard Shaw.
George Bernard Shaw had previously rejected an offer from Samuel Goldwyn for the screen rights to his plays. He was more impressed with Gabriel Pascal's integrity as a producer, thus beginning a partnership that yielded adaptations of Pygmalion, Major Barbara, Caesar and Cleopatra and Androcles and the Lion.
The scene in which Eliza accidentally swallows a marble whilst having an elocution lesson does not appear in the original play. During rehearsals for this scene a pained expression came over Wendy Hiller's face; when she spat out the marbles she had in her mouth she said: "Leslie, I've swallowed one!" to which Leslie Howard replied "Never mind there are plenty more". This caused such amusement among the watching crew that it was added to the film.
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