(out of 5)

Not as splashy as the musical version directed by George Cukor in 1964, but a much snappier and funnier film version of George Bernard Shaw’s milestone play.  It concerns a snooty linguistics professor () who takes in a common flower seller (a marvelous ) and turns her into a duchess simply by teaching her to improve the way she speaks. Or so he thinks; what really happens is that in learning how to speak,  Hiller gains enough confidence in herself to live better and pursue a deeper happiness.  What the professor doesn’t count on is gaining real affection for the lass, and there is where the story really comes to a head. Features a great supporting performance by  as Howard’s straight-laced mother (though nothing beats Gladys Cooper’s iciness in the Cukor version).

Pascal Film Productions

United Kingdom, 1938

Directed by ,

Screenplay by , , , based on the play by George Bernard Shaw

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1938

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