Watch now

Pygmalion [1938] [DVD] has been added to your Basket
Quantity:1

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£16.14
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: Amazon
Add to Basket
£16.59
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: qualityfilmsfromuk
Add to Basket
£25.53
Eligible for FREE UK Delivery Details
Sold by: skyvo-direct
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Pygmalion [1938] [DVD]
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

Pygmalion [1938] [DVD]

22 customer reviews

Price: £15.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 8 left in stock.
Sold by Quality Media Supplies Ltd. and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
27 new from £9.79 1 used from £26.81 1 collectible from £27.13

LOVEFiLM By Post

Rent Pygmalion on DVD from LOVEFiLM By Post
£15.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 8 left in stock. Sold by Quality Media Supplies Ltd. and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

Pygmalion [1938] [DVD] + My Fair Lady
Price For Both: £20.91

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Wendy Hiller, Leslie Howard, Winifred Lawson, Scott Sunderland
  • Directors: Leslie Howard, Anthony Asquith
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RGUN9A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Later adapted as My Fair Lady George Bernard Shaw's wonderful comedy of manners is given its finest screen outing in this 1938 production. Nominated for four Oscars, Shaw himself was one of the recipients of the award for best screenplay. Snobbish Professor Higgins has a wager with his friend Colonel Pickering that with the right instruction he can pass off cockney gutter-snipe Eliza Doolittle as a lady among high society. Taken under his wing Eliza is given rigorous coaching in elocution and manners in preparation for the ultimate test, her appearance at an ambassador s reception.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Green Knight on 10 July 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
No, this isn't MY FAIR LADY, this is Shaw's original play, boasting a screenplay by GBS, to boot. Strong stuff.

To begin with, you can't help but compare the musical with this much older version. And to begin with, you miss the songs. But then the spell of this atmospheric and grainy London tale of a ladette-turned-lady quickly grips you.

And it is frequently hilarious, which the musical simply ain't: the tea-party scene can surely never be beaten.

In many ways I prefer this 1938 black and white masterpiece. It's a bitter-sweet romantic drama. And it's got everything - fabulous one-liners, a galaxy of stars (many of whom are now all but forgotten - but when you see them, you realise why they were stars) and a sense of atmosphere that for me is oddly lacking in the musical.

I also prefer Howard's Professor Higgins. It's less obvious than Rex Harrison's version, and has a slightly dark side ... Wendy Hiller is a delight from start to finish, and as her dustman father, Wilfrid Lawson is definitive.

If you haven't got this on DVD - get it. Get MY FAIR LADY, too, and enjoy both of them. They are both works of genius, and so very different from each other.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By WSH on 25 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard give luminous performances in this wonderful film. Hiller should be as well known as her American contemporary, Katherine Hepburn, whom she most resembles in terms of on-screen energy and wit (and high cheek-bones). Her Eliza Doolittle goes to places that even the delightful Audrey Hepburn does not come near to reaching in "My Fair Lady". Howard's Prof. Higgins is also much superior to Rex Harrison's portrayal. The vision quality of this print of the 1938 film is not always as one would like, although the sound - every phoneme of it - is surprisingly good. Anthony Asquith and Howard share the directing credit, and they have worked together to make a tight, well-paced and visually dynamic work (taking the film several times out of the parlour and onto the streets of London, in a daring and refreshing way). Shaw's biting dialogue, the fine camerawork, and a perfect supporting cast make this, in my book, worth a 9.5/10.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
The opportunity to watch Pygmalion next to My Fair Lady is not to be missed. If Shaw at first was reluctant to approve a movie version of Pygmalion, he ended up enthusiastically promoting Wendy Hiller for the part of Eliza Doolittle and, at 82, co-adapting his play into a screenplay and writing several new scenes, including the whole ballroom episode involving that oleaginous fraud, Karpathy. Thanks to Shaw, director Anthony Asquith, co-director Leslie Howard who plays Professor Henry Higgins, Wendy Hiller as Eliza and Wilfred Lawson as Alfred Doolittle, we have one of the wittiest, cleverest takes on social inequality that ever had a romance wrapped around it.

"I can't change my nature and I won't change my manners," says Higgins, a crabby, bossy, arrogant, insensitive fellow who believes the intellectual life is the only life, and who benefits from private wealth and his talent as a teacher of phonetics. His reaction to Eliza declaring her independence is to squawk, "I tell you I've created this thing out of squashed cabbage leaves in Convent Garden!"

Eliza (and Shaw) sees things differently. "You see," she tells Colonel Pickering, "the difference between a lady and a flower girl isn't how she behaves, it's how she's treated." Eliza Doolittle, after she's been cleaned up spectacularly and taught not to drop her H's by Higgins, has become, not just a "proper lady," but a woman of confidence and spirit.

Shaw, of course, turns all this into a contest of ideas -- his -- stated in dialogue so provocative and clever one really needs to appreciate the skill of Howard and Hiller. The contest between the two becomes interesting because we know (this is corny) the two were made for each other.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
This is a screen adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw 1913 stage play based on Greek mythology. Shaw also scripted this movie adaptation.

Wendy Hiller plays the part of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower seller.

Professor Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard) scholar in phonetics bets a colleague, Colonel Pickering (Scott Sunderland) that he can pass her off as a duchess in six months by adjusting her speech pattern to proper-English.

This is a classic story and played my major actors of their time and ours. Windy Hillier is also famous for her role in the "Major Barbara" (1941), many Pressburger and Powel movies, and even into today's era with "The Kingfisher" (1983) as Evelyn. Windy Hiller died 14 May 2003.

You will also enjoy the remake of this film as a musical "My Fair Lady" (1964)

This film is a must for your collection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
A pretty wonderful film of the great George Bernard Shaw play.

Both Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller are terrific in the leads, and this
production brings out both the fun and wit of Shaw's words, without
losing the sharp, complex, and sometimes paradoxical political and
social observations underneath the playful extrtior.

Dated in style, yes, and it could be argued Hiller is a bit older than ideal
for the character's innocence. And some of the supporting performances
are a little stagy (although some are very good indeed).

But overall this is a lot of fun, and quite thought provoking, with a
nicely ambiguous ending.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
subtitle 1 17 Jul 2012
See all discussions...  
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
   



Feedback