The Man in the White Suit

A scientist produces a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. Unions and management are equally aghast

The most satirical of Ealing’s comedies, played as a farce and put together with meticulous cinematic counterpoint. Alec Guinness, by now the most ubiquitous of Ealing faces, plays a would be research chemist who invents a fabric which will never soil or wear out. Before the threatened unions and business owners can destroy his formula a flaw is revealed - the fabric disintegrates! One of the highlights is Joan Greenwood’s rapt response to Guinness’ scientific jargon - an enchanting piece of screen comedy and surely a contributor to the Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

The strange noises made by the laboratory apparatus were produced for the sound track by a tuba and a bassoon.

Cast (14)

Promotional shot of distinguished British actor, Alec Guinness
Sidney Stratton
A new picture of the talented and lovely British actress Joan Greenwood under contract to the J. Arthur Rank Organisation.
Daphne Birnley
British actor Cecil Parker wears a suit, tie and pocket square
Alan Birnley
Vida Hope
Bertha
Michael Gough
Michael Corland
Ernest Thesiger
Sir John Kierlaw
Howard Marion-Crawford
Cranford
Henry Mollison
Hoskins
Patric Doonan
Frank
Duncan Lamont
Harry
Joan Harben
Miss Johnson
Arthur Howard
Roberts
Roddy Hughes
Green
Harold Goodwin
Lab Technician
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The Man in the White Suit Blu-ray [2012]
Front cover of The Man in the White Suit Blu-ray featuring Alec Guinness.  Part of the Vintage Classics series from Studio Canal.

Released:
19th November, 2012
Price: £15.46
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The Man in the White Suit DVD [2006]
The Man in the White Suit DVD from aling Studios, 2006

Released:
13th November, 2006
Price: £11.99
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Production Information

GB (Ealing), 1951, 81 minutes, B&W, Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick (Writers), Alexander Mackendrick (Director)

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Film Complet magazine – Joan Greenwood – July 1950
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