G | | Drama, Family, Musical
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Henry Daniell shot his last scene as the Ambassador on October 31, 1963, at Warner Brothers escorting the Queen of Transylvania. Director/friend George Cukor thought that Daniell, acting in his seventh Cukor film, looked unwell, and the 69-year-old actor died from a heart ... ...
Don't just stand there, Freddy, go and find a cab.
Freddy Eynsford-Hill: All right, I'll get it, I'll get it.
Eliza Doolittle is not speaking with a 'Cockney Accent' as she is from Lisson Grove, North London. To be a Cockney you must be born within the sound of Bow Bells, which technically applies only to that area of East London. It is highly unlikely that Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering would not have been in communication, speaking of mutual visits to England and India, prior to their 'accidental' meeting in Covent Garden. Eliza calls Colonel Pickering 'Captain', which is correct English. In the original play this word is written as 'Cap'n', which is how it would pronounced by Eliza the flower girl. WHen Eliza comes for the speech lessons from Higgins, her accent becomes almost Australian when she rebukes Higgins for charging as much to speak her own language. The truest Eliza would be exactly as she is, a rough speaking Londoner, who is taught to speak correctly. Not a practically titled Audrey Hepburn or Northerner Wendy Hiller in the 1938 film Pygmalion or the speculated remake with Emma Watson. The accent will never ring true otherwise and is something of a passing over of talented local actors, to give established names more fame.
In the posters, playbills and the original cast album for the stage version of "My Fair Lady", the credits always read "based on Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' ", letting the audience know what play "My Fair Lady" was actually adapted from. The movie credits simply read "from a play by Bernard Shaw".
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