Later adapted as 'My Fair Lady' George Bernard Shaw's wonderful comedy of manners is given its finest screen outing in this 1938 production. Nominated for four Oscars, Shaw himself was one of the recipients of the award for best screenplay. Snobbish Professor Higgins has a wager with his friend Colonel Pickering that with the right instruction he can pass off cockney 'gutter-snipe' Eliza Doolittle as a 'lady' among high society. Taken under his wing Eliza is given rigorous coaching in elocution and manners in preparation for the ultimate test, her appearance at an ambassador's reception.
A brilliant film interpretation of GBS's play.
- Pygmalion review by George
It is just as good as the musical version. Having seen and thoroughly enjoyed "My Fair Lady" we wondered how this film, now 81 years old, would compare. The answer is that it compares very well and does not seem remotely dated. The main parts, played by Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller, are very well acted as is the rest of the cast, particularly Eliza's father and the story is completely believable. It really is most enjoyable and a real delight.