Pygmalion 1938 Film | Leslie Howard | George Bernard Shaw

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Pygmalion plot from IMDb: "A phonetics and diction expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society."

Directed by Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard

Produced by Gabriel Pascal

Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, W.P. Lipscomb, Cecil Lewis, Ian Dalrymple

Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Music by Arthur Honegger

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Edited by David Lean

Distributed by General Film Distributors (GFD) (UK), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)

Release date: 6 October 1938

Running time: 96 minutes

Budget: £87,000

Box office: $1.4 million

Cast and Characters:

Leslie Howard as Professor Henry Higgins

Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle

Wilfrid Lawson as Alfred Doolittle

Marie Lohr as Mrs. Higgins

Scott Sunderland as Colonel George Pickering

Jean Cadell as Mrs. Pearce

David Tree as Freddy Eynsford-Hill

Everley Gregg as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill

Leueen MacGrath as Clara Eynsford-Hill

Esme Percy as Count Aristid Karpathy

Violet Vanbrugh as the Ambassadress

Iris Hoey as Ysabel, Social Reporter

Viola Tree as Perfide, Social Reporter

Irene Browne as the Duchess

Kate Cutler as The Grand Old Lady

Cathleen Nesbitt as Old Lady

O. B. Clarence as Mr. Birchwood, the Vicar

Wally Patch as First Bystander

H. F. Maltby as Second Bystander

Ivor Barnard as Sarcastic Bystander

Cecil Trouncer as First Policeman

Stephen Murray as Second Policeman

Eileen Beldon as Mrs Higgins’s Parlourmaid

Frank Atkinson as Taxi Driver


Leo Genn as a Prince

Moyna Macgill as a Woman Bystander

Patrick Macnee as an Extra

Anthony Quayle as Eliza's Hairdresser