Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.
Plot Keywords: remake / king-george-v-character / diction-lesson / american-film-institute / florist
Taglines: The loverliest motion picture of them all!
Certificate: Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Japan:G | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | United Kingdom:U | United States:G | United States:Approved | West Germany:12
Cast: Audrey Hepburn , Rex Harrison , Stanley Holloway , Wilfrid Hyde-White , Gladys Cooper , Jeremy Brett , Theodore Bikel , Mona Washbourne , Isobel Elsom , John Holland , Elizabeth Aimers , Helen Albrecht , John Alderson , Mary Alexander , LaWana Backer , Walter Bacon , Al Bain , Frank Baker , Lois Battle , Brittania Beatey , William Beckley , Marjorie Bennett , Oscar Beregi Jr. , Betty Blythe , Diana Bourbon , Iris Bristol , Tex Brodus , Sue Bronson , Meg Brown , Buddy Bryan , Walter Burke , Bea Marie Busch , Colin Campbell , Jeannie Carson , Paulle Clark , Natalie Core , Tom Cound , Jennifer Crier , Maurice Dallimore , Allison Daniell , Henry Daniell , Donna Day , Roy Dean , Thomas Dick , Brendan Dillon , Anne Dore , Pauline Drake , Harvey B. Dunn , Sandy Edmundson , Joe Evans , Kai Farelli , Ray Foster , Raymond Foster , Raymond Foster , Stanley Fraser , Charles Fredericks , Lea Genovese , Ayllene Gibbons , Jack Goldie , James Gonzalez , Jack Greening , Beatrice Grenough , Stuart Hall , Clive Halliday , Sam Harris , Marjory Hawtrey , Eric Heath , Monika Henreid , Eugene Hoffman , Samuel Holmes , Jimmie Horan , Clyde Howdy , Kendrick Huxham , Lillian Kemble-Cooper , Phyllis Kennedy , Colin Kenny , Goldie Kleban , Peter Ladefoged , Alma Lawton , Queenie Leonard , William Linkie , Rico Lopez , Moyna MacGill , Laurie Main , Sidney Marion , Eric Martin , Philo McCullough , Owen McGiveney , John McLiam , Shirley Melline , Carol Merrill , Gigi Michel , Lenore Miller , John Mitchum , Mike Morelli , Barbara Morrison , Marlene Morrow , Alan Napier , Nick Navarro , Marni Nixon , James O’Hara , Patrick O’Moore , Richard Peel , George Pelling , Barbara Pepper , Hilda Plowright , Frank Radcliffe , Jack Raine , Olive Reeves-Smith , Christopher Riordan , David Robel , Dinah Anne Rogers , Victor Rogers , Corinne Ross , Baroness Rothschild , Jerry Rush , Wendy Russell , Kenny Salvatt , Jeffrey Sayre , Miriam Schiller , Buddy Shea , Orville Sherman , Jacqueline Squire , Michael St. Clair , Geoffrey Steele , Sandy Steffens , Bert Stevens , Grady Sutton , Henry Sweetman , William Taylor , Joy Tierney , Arthur Tovey , Gwendolyn Watts , Ron Whelan , Elzada Wilson , Nick Wolcum , James Wood , Ben Wright , Ben Wrigley
Company: Warner Bros.
Country: United States
Released Date: 01 Dec 1964 (Japan)
Film Location: Stage 11, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios – 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
Runtime: 170 min
Soundmix: 4-Track Stereo (35mm Mag-optical) | Stereo (1964 Reissue) (Stereo) | Dolby SR (1994 re-release)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
jotix100 » "My Fair Lady" made theater history when it opened on Broadway. The waiting for tickets to see the show was something unheard of for a sellout musical. Lerner and Loewe, its creators, probably never thought they had the tremendous hit it became, at all. The film version of "My Fair Lady" came to the screen via George Cukor, a man who knew about the movie business well.
The film resonated with audiences because of the immensely elegant finished product Mr. Cukor offered the world. Of course, the film is helped by the genius of Cecil Beaton, who had the eye for the right style. Mr. Beaton served as art director and had a thing to say about the fabulous costumes assembled for the movie. The Ascot race sequence is a tribute to his sense of elegance.
Rex Harrison, repeating the role of Professor Higgins that he originated on Broadway, gives a stellar performance. Not having seen him on stage, at least one can imagine how he amazed audiences that flocked to see the show. In the film he makes an absolutely delightful Higgins, a man of science who can't see what's in front of him. The transformation he achieves in turning the Cockney flower girl into a lady of elegance, is perhaps, something he didn't even think he would be able to pull. In Mr. Harrison's performance one can see how Eliza warms this confirmed bachelor into accepting her in a romantic way.
Audrey Hepburn was chosen over Julie Andrews, the original Eliza on Broadway, in a move that puzzled everyone in the theatrical world. How could Eliza be played by anyone else, let alone that someone else would be that charming actress Audrey Hepburn? Ms. Hepburn's Eliza is a delicious characterization; her take on the poor flower girl starts slowly, taking us with her all the way. We fall in love with Eliza, the character, as played brilliantly by Ms. Hepburn, who knew how to charm us with her beauty and easy elegance in everything she did.
The English cast was wonderful. Stanley Holloway, a veteran of the English cinema played Alfred P. Doolitlle, Eliza's father. Mr. Holloway is charming every time one sees him. Gladys Cooper, one of the first ladies of the English stage, is seen as Mrs. Higgins, a grande dame of society, who is charmed by Eliza and knows her son will end up loving the girl of his experiment. Wilfred Hyde-White, another distinguished actor plays Col. Pickering, Higgins' ally and friend. Jeremy Brett plays the playboy Freddy, the man that loves the street where Eliza lives!
Of course, what makes "My Fair Lady" special is the great musical score by Mr. Loewe with lyrics by Mr. Lerner. Most of the songs are by now, standards that have delighted us since they were written and have been sung by practically all the best singers of the world.
Mr. Cukor deserves credit for directing this film with his usual flair as he feasts our eyes with a stunning film that will always be loved by whoever watches it.
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