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Writers:
Roger MacDougall (play)
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Release Date:
April 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Should they let him play...or should they put him away? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lasts forever and never wears out See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Guinness ... Sidney Stratton

Joan Greenwood ... Daphne Birnley
Cecil Parker ... Alan Birnley

Michael Gough ... Michael Corland

Ernest Thesiger ... Sir John Kierlaw
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Cranford (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Henry Mollison ... Hoskins
Vida Hope ... Bertha
Patric Doonan ... Frank
Duncan Lamont ... Harry
Harold Goodwin ... Wilkins
Colin Gordon ... Hill
Joan Harben ... Miss Johnson
Arthur Howard ... Roberts
Roddy Hughes ... Green
Stuart Latham ... Harrison
Miles Malleson ... The Tailor
Edie Martin ... Mrs. Watson
Mandy Miller ... Gladdie
Charlotte Mitchell ... Mill Girl
Olaf Olsen ... Knudsen
Desmond Roberts ... Mannering
Ewan Roberts ... Fotheringay
John Rudling ... Wilson
Charles Saynor ... Pete
Russell Waters ... Davidson
Brian Worth ... King
George Benson ... The Lodger
Frank Atkinson ... The Baker
Charles Cullum ... 1st Company Director
F.B.J. Sharp ... 2nd Company Director
Scott Harold ... Express Reporter
Jack Howarth ... Receptionist At Corland Mill
Jack McNaughton ... Taxi Driver
Judith Furse ... Nurse Gamage
Billy Russell ... Nightwatchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Boyd ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Alan Haines ... Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... (uncredited)
Carol Wolveridge ... Schoolgirl in Front of Class (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alexander Mackendrick 
 
Writing credits
Roger MacDougall (play)

Roger MacDougall (screenplay) &
John Dighton (screenplay) &
Alexander Mackendrick (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Sidney Cole .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
 
Casting by
Margaret Harper Nelson (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Jim Morahan 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair styles
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Ernest Taylor .... makeup artist
Daphne Martin .... assistant hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hal Mason .... production supervisor
L.C. Rudkin .... unit production manager (as L. C. Rudkin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Peers .... assistant director
John Assig .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Bishop .... second unit director (uncredited)
Jim O'Connolly .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Norman Dorme .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Andrew Low .... set dresser (uncredited)
Len Wills .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Arthur Bradburn .... recordist
Stephen Dalby .... sound supervisor
Mary Habberfield .... sound editor (uncredited)
Norman King .... chief sound engineer (uncredited)
Cyril Swern .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Geoffrey Dickinson .... special processes
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lionel Banes .... additional photographer
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator
Jack Dooley .... stills (uncredited)
Ted Lockhart .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... floor stills (uncredited)
Michael Shepherd .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ken Westbury .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Hugh Wilson .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Muriel Cole .... crowd casting (uncredited)
Thelma Graves .... assistant casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ron Beck .... wardrobe assistant: men (uncredited)
Edith Crutchley .... wardrobe assistant: ladies (uncredited)
Ernie Farrer .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Lily Payne .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lionel Selwyn .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... conductor: The Philharmonia Orchestra
 
Other crew
Felicia Manheim .... continuity
Geoffrey Myers .... scientific adviser
Christopher Barry .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S (video rating) (1991) | Finland:K-8 (1959) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1951) (one cut) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1989) (2006) | USA:Approved (certificate #55096) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hill disturbs Michael Corland at the table, he holds a piece of paper. The paper swaps hands between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Sidney Stratton:It shouldn't have done that.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Future Schlock (1984)See more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Lasts forever and never wears out, 13 August 2006
Author: murraybuesst from United Kingdom

For me this is Ealing Studio's most perfect film - as fresh and relevant half a century later as it was the day it was released.

As a satire on economic notions of 'growth' and the commercial need for in-built obsolescence, it could scarcely be more up-to-the-minute. And of what other film can it be said that the hero literally wears the plot?

Oddly, there are parallels with Jurassic Park, in which messing with the environment will literally turn round and bite you. But Spielberg shied away from the book's brilliant central conceit to tack on some nonsense about 'children'. Hmmm.

In The Man In The White Suit, Alec Guiness plays an idealistic young scientist who comes up with a cloth that never gets dirty and never wears out. Suddenly workers and capital at the northern English mill where he is working are united as never before in protection of their livelihoods.

Of course, being Ealing, it's a comedy, but it needn't have been. The complex interplay of vested (should that be suited?) interests plays out beautifully, as one by one all parties realize that 'progress' is a threat, and that disposability and waste are what keep the looms turning.

But, yes, this is a comedy - albeit a pointed one - and amid the political ironies are delicious performances, and some good old-fashioned knock-about laughs.

Nonetheless, it's the biting satire that endures - dazzling and white.

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