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Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller star in Anthony Asquith's and Leslie Howard's classic version of George Bernard Shaw's satiric comedy. Henry Higgins (Howard) is an upper class phonetics professor who encounters low-class guttersnipe Eliza Doolittle (Hiller) and bets his friend Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can pass her off as a duchess within three months. Pickering accepts Higgins' bet, with Eliza readily agreeing to the proposal, since she will get to live in Higgins' fancy home. Once in Higgins' house, Eliza is subjected to intensely repetitive… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Smartly produced, this makes an excellent job of transcribing George Bernard Shaw, retaining all the key lines and giving freshness to the theme."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Pygmalion is good Shaw and a grand show."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Embora não tenha o mesmo charme da versão realizada em 1964 (My Fair Lady), este filme conta com uma atuação inesquecível da dupla central (especialmente Hiller) e com os ótimos diálogos de Shaw."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Leslie Howard strikes the perfect note as the super-efficient Professor Higgins."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Like My Fair Lady, Pygmalion has been falsely perceived as a romantic comedy...But Pygmalion does let one get closer to the truth; that it's really a biting social satire..."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A marvelous 1938 adaptation of the Shaw classic."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"There's something special about this first English film version of George Bernard Shaw's play, before it became a musical"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Brilliant film version of the Shaw play."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"the film ultimately wins your heart not because of the social lessons it offers, but because of the truthfulness of its human relationships"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Pygmalion (1938) is the non-musical film version of George Bernard Shaw's 1912 stage play, a socio-economic drama based on the Cinderella story,"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Above all, the film is remarkable in that it strengthens rather than dilutes Shaw's insistence on language as the vital instrument of power and oppression."
‑ , Time Out
"This authorized version is the most successful adaptation of George B Shaw to the big screen, one that maintains the text's acerbic wit and droll humor and is splendidly acted by Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller in Oscar-nominated performances."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A brisk but far from irreverent classic."
‑ , Film4
"...not only the best movie adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play, but one of the most enduring social comedies of all time."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Shaw's magnificent comedy, a 1913 stage smash, was never better served than here, with Howard and Hiller perfectly matched as thoroughly mismatched lovers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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