"Our American Cousin" was a British melodrama that poked fun at uncouth Americans. When it came to the United States, a rewritten version turned it into a farce that mocked pompous Brits. But for 150 years, no one wanted to laugh at the play Abraham Lincoln watched on the night he died.
Millions of people know the George Bernard Shaw play, Pygmalion, thanks to its movie adaptation, My Fair Lady. But the Hollywood version could never have happened without a change that Shaw hated — a happy ending.