Director: George Cukor Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom, John Holland
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rex Harrison); Best Director (George Cukor); Best Cinematography, Colour; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Sound; Best Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (André Previn)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Stanley Holloway); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Gladys Cooper); Best Adapted Screenplay (Alan Jay Lerner); Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: c. 2012
Synopsis: A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Did You Know? Despite extensive vocal preparation for the role, most of Audrey Hepburn’s singing was dubbed over by Marni Nixon. This was required because the music was not transposed down to accommodate Hepburn’s range.
Quotables: ELIZA: Come on, Dover! Come on, Dover! MOVE YOUR BLOOMIN’ ARSE!
And now a Word from the Guise:
The only things I like about this movie that I like are the costume design and two or three of the songs. The rest of them I find completely vexing and pestilential on the ears. Eliza’s father and his cronies are the worst, most obnoxious coming relief ever. Peter O’Toole’s performance in Becket was superb and absolutely deserved the Best Actor Oscar over Rex Harrison’s Henry Higgins.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233