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My Fair Lady [1964] (1 disc)
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Director:George Cukor
Writer:Alan Jay Lerner
Composer:André Previn
Length:170 minutes
(2 hours 50 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Family
  • Comedy
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Synopsis: A British elocutionist enters into a wager wherein he attempts to teach a local street urchin and elevate her into high society.


Reaction: Classic cinema with several tunes that will get stuck in your head.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
George Cukor => Director
Alan Jay Lerner => Writer
André Previn => Composer
George Bernard Shaw => Original Play "Pygmalion"
Alan Napier => Gentleman Escorting Eliza to the Queen (uncredited)
Audrey Hepburn => Eliza Doolittle
Bill Shirley => Freddy Eynsford-Hill (singing voice) (uncredited)
Charles E. Fredericks => King George V in Fantasy Sequence (uncredited)
Gladys Cooper => Mrs. Higgins
Isobel Elsom => Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
Jack Greening => George (uncredited)
Jennifer Crier => Mrs. Higgins' Maid (uncredited)
Jeremy Brett => Freddy Eynsford-Hill
John Alderson => Jamie - Doolittle's crony (uncredited)
John Holland => Butler
John McLiam => Harry (uncredited)
Marni Nixon => Eliza Doolittle (singing voice) (uncredited)
Mona Washbourne => Mrs. Pearce
Moyna MacGill => Lady Boxington (uncredited)
Olive Reeves-Smith => Mrs. Hopkins (uncredited)
Rex Harrison => Professor Henry Higgins
Stanley Holloway => Alfred P. Doolittle
Theodore Bikel => Zoltan Karpathy
Wilfrid Hyde-White => Colonel Hugh Pickering

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jeremy Brett, who celebrated his 30th birthday during filming, was very surprised to learn that all of his singing was to be dubbed by a 43-year-old American named Bill Shirley, especially since his own singing voice at that time was remarkably good.
  • James Cagney was originally offered the role of Alfred Doolittle. When he pulled out at the last minute, it went to the man who played it on Broadway, Stanley Holloway. Peter O'Toole, Cary Grant, Noel Coward, Michael Redgrave and George Sanders were all considered for the role of Higgins before Rex Harrison was finally chosen to reprise his Broadway role. When asked why he turned down the role of Henry Higgins, Cary Grant remarked that his original manner of speaking was much closer to Eliza Dolittle.
  • In her 2004 autobiography "Tis Herself", Maureen O'Hara claimed that [?] Jack L. Warner asked her to dub Audrey Hepburn's singing voice in the film.
  • [?] Jack L. Warner paid $5.5 million for the film rights in February 1962. This would set a record for the amount of money paid for the film rights to any intellectual property, broken only in 1978 when Columbia paid $9.5 million for the film rights to Annie.
  • The title of the film appears nowhere in the dialogue nor any of the song lyrics.
  • Amusement park trams were rented to carry ballroom scene extras across the studio lot, in order to prevent their makeup and costumes from getting dirty or damaged.
  • Audrey Hepburn announced the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy to the devastated cast and crew immediately after filming the number "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" on the Covent Garden set on 22 November 1963.
  • 27A Wimpole Street in London (Higgins' address) does not exist (there is a 27 Wimpole Street).
  • Production designer [?] Gene Allen was never given a budget to work from. He just designed and had built all the sets without having to worry about how much they cost.
  • Rex Harrison's microphone (hidden in his neckties) would occasionally pick up police broadcasts from passing police cars.