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Pygmalion 

Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?

Director:

John Glenister

Writers:

Pat Sandys (adaptation), George Bernard Shaw (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Twiggy ... Eliza Doolittle
Robert Powell ... Professor Henry Higgins
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Pearce
Ronald Fraser ... Colonel Pickering
Helen Shingler Helen Shingler ... Mrs. Higgins
Arthur English ... Alfred Doolittle
Pauline Jameson ... Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Marsha Fitzalan ... Clara Eynsford-Hill
Shaun Scott Shaun Scott ... Freddie Eynsford-Hill
Sarah-Jane Bickerton Sarah-Jane Bickerton ... Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Groves Donald Groves ... Bystander
Maeve Leslie Maeve Leslie ... Bystander
Douglas Roe Douglas Roe ... Bystander (as Doug Roe)
Gordon Salkilld Gordon Salkilld ... Bystander
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Can Professor Higgins transform cockney flower girl Eliza Dolittle into a great lady?

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1981 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Pygmalion" opened at the Park Theater opening October 12, 1914 and ran for 72 performances. The play premiered in a German translation at the Hofburg Theatre in Vienna on October 16, 1913 and in English at His Majesty's Theatre in London on April 11, 1914 and starred 'Mrs Patrick Campbell'. See more »

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Professor Henry Higgins: Eliza, you are to live here for the next six months, learning how to speak beautifully like a lady in a florist's shop. If you are good and do whatever you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom and have lots to eat and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis. If you are naughty and idle, you will sleep in the back kitchen among the black beetles and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you shall go to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully ...
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Version of Sürtük (1942) See more »

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The best of all Elizas!
24 December 2004 | by simon-118See all my reviews

While Robert Powell was a strange choice to play Doolittle, and the idea that this would add a sexual frisson to his and Eliza's interplay comes to nothing, this is a surprisingly fine version of the play.

Twiggy is an absolute delight as Eliza. As well as being the genuine article (like Eliza, not a cockney but a working-class Londoner all the same), she is innocent, flustered, enchanting and plucky. Her chocolate eating line "I wouldn't 'ave eaten it, but I'm too much of a lady to spit it out" is one of many terrific moments she absolutely nails. And her "not bloody likely, I'm going in a taxi" is the funniest delivery of the line I've ever heard.

Arthur English is spot on as her father too. All in all it's a delightful experiment that really pays off.


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