|Pompous phonetics Professor Henry Higgins Sir Rex Harrison is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society||The story is brilliant of course, taken from George Bernard Shaw's acclaimed play Pygmalion, although materially altered to fit the requirements of a musical comedy|
|Professor Higgins would need to see the light and he would have to get his own slippers! This is one of the best movie musicals ever made, a sheer delight highlighted not only by Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn, but by Stanley Holloway as the Liza's lovable rascal father and Wilfrid Hyde-White as the very understanding and very properly British Col||The dubbing and the need for it is curious|
The sets and production numbers are gorgeous.
|And the contrast between her delicate voice and then the sudden power of Marni Nixon's is obvious|
|Pickering with opulent direction by the great George Cukor||Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond, one that is threatened by aristocratic suitor Freddy Eynsford-Hill Jeremy Brett|
Still, as another reviewer has so acutely noted, if she had been asked, we would have missed her in Mary Poppins, which was made the same year.