Black SplatPygmalion (1938)
   

"She’s so deliciously low, so horribly dirty!"

Pygmalion - Professor Higgins taking notes

Description: Steely words of Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard), a Professor of Languages and Victorian dialect expert in the motion picture Pygmalion (1939) based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.

To win a bet wherein Higgins boasts he can take any person off the street and teach them to be sophisticated and refined, Higgins recruits Eliza Doolittle (Wendy Hiller), a Cockney flower girl as his guinea pig, proclaiming, “I shall make a duchess of this draggle-tailed guttersnipe.”

Pygmalion - Eliza Doolittle selling flowers on the street

"Yes, you squashed cabbage leaf, you disgrace to the noble architecture of these columns, you incarnate insult to the English language, I could pass you off as the Queen of Sheba!" - Prof. Henry Higgins

Pygmalion - Eliza transformed into a High Society beauty

Note: Rex Harrison spoke the same lines to Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in the movie remake My Fair Lady (1964). Higgins’ opinion on the fair sex: “I’d prefer a new version of the Spanish Inquisition than to ever let a woman into my life.” and “I’m very grateful she’s a woman and so easy to forget.” Not to be outdone, Eliza offered her own opinion of Higgins: “You oughta be stuffed with nails.”

"Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist's shop. If you work hard and do as you're told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and go for rides in taxis. But if you are naughty and idle, you shall sleep in the back kitchen amongst the black beetles, and be wolloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick. At the end of six months you will be taken to Buckingham Palace, in a carriage, beautifully dressed. If the king finds out you are not a lady, you will be taken to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls! But if you are not found out, you shall have a present... of, ah... seven and six to start life with as a lady in a shop. If you refuse this offer, you will be the most ungrateful, wicked girl, and the angels will weep for you." - Professor Henry Higgins


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