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Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady.


Cedric Messina


George Bernard Shaw (play)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Redgrave ... Eliza Doolittle
James Villiers ... Professor Henry Higgins
Ronald Fraser ... Col. Pickering
Emrys James Emrys James ... Doolittle
Lally Bowers ... Mrs. Higgins
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Pearce
Nicholas Jones ... Freddy Eynsford Hill
Joyce Grant Joyce Grant ... Mrs. Eynsford Hill
Joanna McCallum ... Clara Eynsford Hill
Malcolm Hayes Malcolm Hayes ... Sarcastic Bystander
Jon Rollason Jon Rollason ... Bystander
Geoffrey Matthews Geoffrey Matthews ... Taximan
Angela Galbraith Angela Galbraith ... Mrs. Higgins' maid
Alison Daumler Alison Daumler ... Prof. Higgins' maid
Noel Trevarthen ... Host


Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady.

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16 December 1973 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Decidedly Inferior Version
3 August 2008 | by gelman@attglobal.netSee all my reviews

Due to My Fair Lady, Pygmalion may be Bernard Shaw's most famous play, though not necessarily his best. If you'd like to see it in its original form, find the 1938 version with Leslie Howard as Professor Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Liza Doolittle. Despite the high ratings it received from others, I found this version decidedly inferior. Lynn Redgrave, despite her impressive resume, is not in the least persuasive as Liza and James Villiers is completely over the top as Professor Higgins. The best acting by far in my estimation is by Emrys James as Liza's father, the spokesman for "the undeserving poor," and Lally Bowers as Professor Higgins' mother. Your mind may be filled with Audrey Hepburn (or Julie Andrews) as Liza and Rex Harrison as Higgins, possibly with Stanley Holloway as Doolittle. Redgrave and Villiers cannot handle the comparison and, while I prefer Holloway, James handles the role exceptionally well. On the other hand, Howard and Hiller were brilliantly paired, and watching them is a useful reminder of how great they both were, Hiller in her bloom of youth and Howard a few years before his untimely death during World War II.

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