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.
Guinness is Back…Working Wonders With Wile, Whimsey and Wit!
Main title from The Man in the White Suit (1951). A scientist produces a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. Unions and management are equally aghast.
Daphne chides her father for his actions towards Sidney with a barrage of scientific jargon.
Joan Greenwood and Alec Guinness in a film clip from The Man in the White Suit.
Stephen Mangan stars as the eponymous Sidney Stratton in a new stage musical of the 1951 film, The Man in the White Suit.
Popular Ealing films screened and a DVD boxset released to celebrate 100 years of Ealing Studios.
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