The Man in the White Suit

The Man in the White Suit

Alec Guinness
Director: Alexander MacKendrick Cast: Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
, Joan Greenwood
Joan Greenwood
, Cecil Parker
Cecil Parker
Alexander MacKendrick

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Alec Guinness has one of his finest comic roles in this Ealing satirical comedy about a much patronized amateur scientist whose latest invention creates an uproar in the British textile industry. In the British manufacturing country of Northern England, factory owner Michael Corland (Michael Gough) is showing competitor Alan Bimley (Cecil Parker) around his plant, hoping to borrow some money and marry off his daughter Daphne (Joan Greenwood). They come upon a curious contraption that turns out to be an experiment by employee Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness). Being a lower class worker, Sidney is summarily fired from his job. Sidney ends up working at Bimley's factory, where he is befriended by militant worker Bertha (Vida Hope). Daphne spots Sidney at the factory and he explains to her the results of his experiment -- a material that is indestructible and impervious to dirt. Bimley discovers this project and throws Sidney out. But Daphne, impressed by his experiments, funds Sidney, installing him in his own laboratory. After a few false starts, Sidney develops a pure white material that can't be dirtied or ruined. But it seems Sidney's invention is too brilliant and effective; if a material is marketed that will last forever, textile mills will go out of business and workers will lose their jobs. Suddenly, poor, luckless Sidney has both management and labor banding together to combat his new invention.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2019
UPC: 0738329236380
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 23,955

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Dr. Dean Brandum; Revisiting 'The Man in the White Suit' - interviews with filmmaker Stephen Frears and film critic Ian Christie; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Guinness Sidney Stratton
Joan Greenwood Daphne Birnley
Cecil Parker Alan Birnley
Michael Gough Michael Corland
Ernst Thesiger Sir John Kierlaw
Vida Hope Bertha
Henry Mollison Hoskins
Patric Doonan Frank
Duncan Lamont Harry
Harold Goodwin Wilkins
Colin Gordon Hill
Joan Harben Miss Johnson
Arthur Howard Roberts
Roddy Hughes Green/Roberts
Stuart Latham Harrison
Miles Malleson Tailor
Bill Russell Night Watchman
John Rudling Wilson
F.B.J. Sharp Actor
Jack Howard Actor
Howard Marion-Crawford Cranford
Edie Martin Mrs. Watson
Mandy Miller Gladdie
Charlotte Mitchell Mill Girl
Olaf Olsen Knudsen
Des Roberts Mannering
Ewan Roberts Fotheringay
Charles Saynor Pete
Russell Waters Davidson
Brian Worth King
George Benson The Lodger
Frank Atkinson Baker
Charles Cullum First Company Director
Scott Harold Express Reporter
Jack McNaughton Taxi Driver
Judith Furse Nurse Gamage

Technical Credits
Alexander MacKendrick Director,Screenwriter
Michael Balcon Producer
Sidney Cole Producer
Stephen Dalby Sound/Sound Designer
Geoffrey Dickinson Special Effects
John Dighton Screenwriter
Harry Frampton Makeup
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer
Bernard Gribble Editor
Ernest Irving Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger MacDougall Screenwriter
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Syd Pearson Special Effects
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Ernest Taylor Makeup

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