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.
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