Directed by Mitchell Leisen • 1945 • United States
Starring Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Patric Knowles
Mitchell Leisen’s eye for opulent period detail is on full display in this visually resplendent take on the Pygmalion story. A delightfully saucy Paulette Goddard is the eighteenth-century London guttersnipe who catches the eye of a raffish aristocrat (Ray Milland) and his aunt (Constance Collier) when she poses for a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough. The pair take it upon themselves to transform her into a lady in hopes of marrying her off to a rich nobleman and splitting the dowry between them. Sly social satire is balanced with tender romance in this wonderfully charming and witty comedy of manners.