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My Fair Lady (1964) ft. Allyson, Sarah, and Christine Duncan

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

Guests: Allyson Techmeier, Christine and Sarah Duncan

Plot Summary: In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (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. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett).

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Stanley Holloway-Alfred P. Doolittle), Supporting Actress (Gladys Cooper-Mrs. Higgins), Adapted Screenplay, and Film Editing; Won for Best Picture, Director (George Cukor), Actor (Rex Harrison-Henry Higgins), Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score, and Sound; National Film Registry Entrant in 2018; AFI 100 (1998) - #91; AFI Greatest Musicals (2006) - #8.

What is this movie is about?: Class is more than just speech and presentation of one's self, it is also in how you treat others that defines you.

Best Performance: Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (the music writers)/Rex Harrison (Higgins)

Best Secondary Performance: George Cukor/Colenel Pickering/Rex Harrison

Most Charismatic Award: Audrey Hepburn/Stanley Holloway/Rex Harrison

Best Scene: Where are my Slippers/Eliza in Returns Home/Alfred P. Doolittle-Moral Scholar/Embassy Ball

Favorite Scene: Alfred P. Doolittle-Moral Scholar/Ascot Raceway/Where are my Slippers/Why Can't a Woman be More Like a Man

Most Indelible Moment: Wouldn't It Be Loverly/Ascot Raceway/Eliza at the Embassy Ball/The Rain in Spain/Eliza Comes Back

Best Line:

Eliza Doolittle: Well, you have my voice on your gramophone. When you feel lonely without me you can turn it on. It has no feelings to hurt.

Prof. Henry Higgins: ...I can't turn your soul on.

Colonel Hugh Pickering: Have you NO morals, man?

Alfred P. Doolittle: Nah. Can't afford none. Neither could you, if you were as poor as me.

Eliza Doolittle: The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.

Funniest Line:

Colonel Hugh Pickering: Are you a man of good character where women are concerned?

Professor Henry Higgins: Have you ever met a man of good character where women are concerned?

Eliza Doolittle: Come on, Dover, move yer bloomin' arse!

Best Song:

A Hymn to Him/Get Me to the Church on Time/The Rain in Spain/Wouldn't It Be Loverly/On the Street Where You Live

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 6.1

Impact/Significance: 7

Novelty: 6.2

Classic-ness: 7.3

Rewatchability: 7.9

Audience Score: 9.0

Total: 43.5

Remaining Questions:

  • Why change the ending? Why does she go back?

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