Pygmalion (1938)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1938
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
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Variety Staff

Smartly produced, this makes an excellent job of transcribing George Bernard Shaw, retaining all the key lines and giving freshness to the theme.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Pygmalion is good Shaw and a grand show.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A marvelous 1938 adaptation of the Shaw classic.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

There's something special about this first English film version of George Bernard Shaw's play, before it became a musical

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliant film version of the Shaw play.

Time Out

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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A brisk but far from irreverent classic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The great original adaptation of Shaw's satiric play, which would be remade as the classic musical My Fair Lady many years later in 1964. Clever and… More
Daniel Mumby
Theatre and film have always had a complicated relationship. Ever since the invention of film they have told each other's stories and borrowed each… More
Kevin M. Williams
Fan of the English language? Fancy yourself as your local arbiter for the British vernacular? Well then this adaptation of Shaw's is just your ticket and… More
William Dunmyer
Another underwhelming film on the Best Picture slate of 1938. "Pygmalion," a British film starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller, both of whom were… More
Steven Carrier
It's just very hard for me to take this story as a comedic one. The themes, social commentary, sexual politics, mental manipulation and disturbing physical… More
Stella Dallas
this is better than my fair lady! both leads are more convincing, especially wendy hiller as eliza. shaw won an oscar for his screenplay, by which he was… More