I sold flowers. I didnt sell myself. Now youve made a lady of me; Im not fit to sell anything else. Eliza Doolittle. A bullying and smug bachelor, linguistics Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) makes a bet with Colonel George Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can turn an impetuous Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller) into a lady within six month. To do so, he must transform her thick-accented voice by coaching her to speak proper English with elocution lessons, teach her manners and drill her merciless so that she will become educated.
Pygmalion (1938) is the non-musical film version of George Bernard Shaws 1912 stage play, a socio-economic drama based on the Cinderella story, but actually taken from the Greek myth of Pygmalion about a sculptor who fell in love with a marble statue of his own making.
The Broadway musical remake that was inspired by this film, Lerner and Loewes 1956 production, also led to the famous film musical My Fair Lady (1962), that would walk away with eight Oscars (out of twelve), including Best Picture. Pygmalion garnered four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leslie Howard), Best Actress (Wendy Hiller) and Best Screenplay. Tim Dinks, Greatest films.org
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