The Man in the White Suit

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Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) has a dream: to develop a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. His textile mill bosses discover his secret experiments and initially ban him from their laboratories. But when Daphne (Joan Greenwood) comes to understand what Sidney is trying to do, she convinces her father, Mr. Birnley (Cecil Parker), that developing Sidney's fabric would be great for business...and mankind. Little do they know that they will spark an uprising, not only among the textile workers who would lose their jobs to the ultimate cloth, but also the business owners who would rather maintain the status quo.

Cast

Alec Guinness
as Sidney Stratton
Joan Greenwood
as Daphne Birnley
Cecil Parker
as Alan Birnley
Michael Gough
as Michael Corland
Ernest Thesiger
as Sir John Kierlaw
Vida Hope
as Bertha
Olaf Olsen
as Knudsen
Joan Harben
as Miss Johnson
Roddy Hughes
as Green/Roberts
Edie Martin
as Mrs. Watson
George Benson
as The Lodger
Judith Furse
as Nurse Gamage
Billy Russell
as Night Watchman
Desmond Roberts
as Mannering
Stuart Latham
as Harrison
Mandy Miller
as Gladdie
Des Roberts
as Mannering
Ewan Roberts
as Fotheringay
Charles Cullum
as 1st Company Director
F.B.J. Sharp
as 2nd Company Director
Harold E. Scott
as Express Reporter
Jack Howard
as Receptionist At Corland Mill
Jack McNaughton
as Taxi Driver
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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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