Pygmalion Page #2

Synopsis: The snobbish & intellectual Professor of languages, Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend that he can take a London flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, from the gutters and pass her off as a society lady. However he discovers that this involves dealing with a human being with ideas of her own.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Criterion Collection
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Let him mind

his own business...

and leave a poor girl

to mind her own business.

Woman, cease this detestable

boohooing instantly.

I've a right to be here

if I like, same as you.

A woman who utters such depressing and

disgusting sounds has no right to be anywhere.

- Oh- - Remember that you're

a human being with a soul...

and the divine gift

of articulate speech,

and that your language is the language

of Milton, Shakespeare and the Bible.

Don't sit there crooning

like a bilious pigeon.

- Oh!

- "Ow"!


what a sound.

You see this creature

with her curbstone English?

The English that Will keep her

in the gutter for the rest of her days?

In three months I could

pass her off as a duchess...

- at an ambassador's reception.

- No, no, no.

I could even get her a job as a lady's maid or

a shop assistant, Which requires better English.

You mean,

you could make me-

Yes, you squashed

cabbage leaf.

You disgrace to the noble

architecture of these columns.

You incarnate insult

to the English language.

I could pass you off

as the Queen of Sheba.

Garn! You don't believe that,

do you, Captain?

Well, everything

is possible.

- I myself am a student of Indian dialects.

- Are you?

Have you ever heard of Colonel

Pickering, the author of Spoken Sanskrit?

- I am Colonel Pickering.

- No!

- Yes. Who are you?

- Henry Higgins.

- No.

- Yes. Author of Higgins' Universal Alphabet.

- I came to India to meet you.

- And I was ust going all the way to India to meet you.

- Where are you staying?

- The Carlton.

No, you're not.

You're staying at 27-A Wimpole Street.

Oh, buy a floWer,

kind sir?

I'm short

for my lodging.

Oh, you liar. You ust said

you could change half a crown.

You oughta be stuffed

with nails, you ought!

Here, take the whole

bloomin' basket for sixpence!

A reminder.


Come on, Pickering.

This is a wonderful meeting.

Oh! Oh!


Oh, excuse me. Have you seen those

two ladies who were here ust now?

Oh, they went to the bus

when the rain stopped.

And left me with a cab

on my hands? Oh, blast!

Never mind, young man.

I'm goin' home in a taxi.

Here, here.

Wait a minute.

Eighteen pence ain't

no obect to me, Charlie.

Buckingham Palace,

and step on it!

Bye, Freddy!

Well, I'll be dashed!

Here you are,

Buckingham Palace.

- How much, dearie?

- It'll cost you a bob.

You're a robber,

you are.

It's disgraceful.

A bob for two minutes!

Ever been in

a taxi before?

Hundreds and thousands

of times!





Hello, dearie.

Look what I got.

As you see,

my dear Pick,

the human ear is a perfect

recording and amplifying apparatus.

Well, tired of

listening to sounds?

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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Dublin, Shaw moved to London in 1876, where he struggled to establish himself as a writer and novelist, and embarked on a rigorous process of self-education. By the mid-1880s he had become a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most prominent pamphleteer. Shaw had been writing plays for years before his first public success, Arms and the Man in 1894. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen, he sought to introduce a new realism into English-language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. By the early twentieth century his reputation as a dramatist was secured with a series of critical and popular successes that included Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra. Shaw's expressed views were often contentious; he promoted eugenics and alphabet reform, and opposed vaccination and organised religion. He courted unpopularity by denouncing both sides in the First World War as equally culpable, and although not a republican, castigated British policy on Ireland in the postwar period. These stances had no lasting effect on his standing or productivity as a dramatist; the inter-war years saw a series of often ambitious plays, which achieved varying degrees of popular success. In 1938 he provided the screenplay for a filmed version of Pygmalion for which he received an Academy Award. His appetite for politics and controversy remained undiminished; by the late 1920s he had largely renounced Fabian Society gradualism and often wrote and spoke favourably of dictatorships of the right and left—he expressed admiration for both Mussolini and Stalin. In the final decade of his life he made fewer public statements, but continued to write prolifically until shortly before his death, aged ninety-four, having refused all state honours, including the Order of Merit in 1946. Since Shaw's death scholarly and critical opinion has varied about his works, but he has regularly been rated as second only to Shakespeare among British dramatists; analysts recognise his extensive influence on generations of English-language playwrights. The word "Shavian" has entered the language as encapsulating Shaw's ideas and his means of expressing them. more…

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