The Man in the White Suit

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Chemist Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is at a crossroads in his career. He's been trying to invent a long-lasting clothing fiber, but his unreasonable demands for high-end equipment have gotten him fired from job after job. Finally, Sidney creates a white suit that is impervious to the elements -- it cannot stain or wrinkle. At first he is celebrated as a hero but, soon enough, the clothing manufacturers realize that the perfect suit is actually very bad for business.

Cast & Crew

Alec Guinness
Sidney Stratton
Joan Greenwood
Daphne Birnley
Cecil Parker
Alan Birnley
Michael Gough
Michael Corland
Ernest Thesiger
Sir John Kierlaw
Edie Martin
Mrs. Watson
Roger MacDougall
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Roger MacDougall
Writer (Screenplay)
John Dighton
Writer (Screenplay)
Alexander Mackendrick
Writer (Screenplay)
Sidney Cole
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Douglas Slocombe
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the White Suit

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Audience Reviews for The Man in the White Suit

  • Feb 10, 2011
    "Man in the White Suit" is perhaps, along with "Kind Hearts and Coronets," the pinnacle of the Ealing film. It's a very sophisticated and subtle comedy/farce that takes a dig at a number of the cultural institutions that characterise northern England. It's not so much a satire directed at capitalism but an opprobrium of the suspicious relationship between capital and labour and the broader unworkable relationship of commercial achievement with scientific progress. The success of the film resides in the subtlety with which these issues are explored and the even-handedness by which they are dealt with. At a more basic level the film is an excellent example of a farce as the frustration, misinterpretation and exaggerated comedy are delivered with a breath-taking pace. Very well written, even better direction and uniformly spot-on performances make this one of the great British films of the 1950s.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2010
    a great role for alec guiness in a classic ealing comedy, here a man who creates a special fabric, and causes a stir, within the company and workers, relevent then and of course today,
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2008
    I thought it was pretty dull to be honest. I thought it was meant to be just sci-fi, but it turned out it was a sci-fi comedy, which usually don't work. And it didn't. It wasn't funny, and it was just boring.
    Lauren D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2007
    Gently amusing satire of capitalist corporations, probably before the term had even been invented. I'm not the biggest fan of Ealing, but it's light comedy with a brain.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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