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The Man in the White Suit (1951)

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An altruistic chemist invents a fabric that resists wear and stain as boon to humanity but both capital and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Stratton
Daphne Birnley
Cecil Parker ...
Alan Birnley
Michael Corland
Sir John Kierlaw
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Cranford (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Henry Mollison ...
Vida Hope ...
Patric Doonan ...
Duncan Lamont ...
Harold Goodwin ...
Colin Gordon ...
Joan Harben ...
Miss Johnson
Arthur Howard ...
Roddy Hughes ...


Sidney Stratton, a humble inventor, develops a fabric which never gets dirty or wears out. This would seem to be a boon for mankind, but the established garment manufacturers don't see it that way; they try to suppress it. Written by John Oswalt <>

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Release Date:

April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'homme au complet blanc  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,874 (USA) (16 November 2012)


$8,265 (USA) (25 January 2013)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System) (Gaumont-Kalee)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The sounds of Stratton's experiment (described on the record label as "guggle glub guggle") were set to music by Jack Parnell and released on Parlophone R 3435 as "The White Suit Samba" with words by T.E.B. Clarke. See more »


When Mr. Harrison is called by a woman because he is wanted by Mr. Corland, he is blowing into a glass vial on a side counter which was not there in the previous shot. See more »


Sir John Kierlaw: Now. Some fool has invented an indestructible cloth. Where is he? How much does he want?
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11 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I learned of Sir Alec Guinness' death, this was the first of his many films I thought of re-seeing. What a wonderful droll commentary the film provides even after all these years. And Guinness helps to weave the charm into every frame. His eyes and face are as luminous as that white suit he wears. Both he and the film have to be considered lifetime favorites.

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