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PYGMALION - American version

Ray Faiola

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Has TCM ever run the American release version of PYGMALION? The UK version was released by GFD at 97 minutes. The American version was released by MGM at 87 minutes. The UK has a score by Arthur Honneger while the US music was composed by William Axt.


The original pressbook has several articles about the fact that there were two separate versions, including one about Shaw writing special dialogue for American audiences (garbage man instead of dustman).


My 16mm print is the MGM-US version but I've only seen the UK version on TCM. In its detailed listing of the film, the AFI catalog opines that the US version actually plays better and is more tightly edited. I'm not so sure about that. But I think it would be interesting for viewers to be able to experience both versions of the film. Same goes for NIGHT AND THE CITY.

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RayFiaola wrote:

<< (garbage man instead of dustman) >>


What's wrong with how the British speak? I like their take on certain words i.e. lorry instead of truck.


As the expression goes We are two nations divided by a common language :)


This could make an interesting topic. What's everyone's favorite, British or Australian?


British to American



Australian to American


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