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Writers:
Roger MacDougall (play)
Roger MacDougall (screenplay) ...
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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:
Classic Ealing Gem 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 (as F. B. J. Sharp)
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)

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 photography
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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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System) (Gaumont-Kalee)
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 (MPAA rating: certificate #55096) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alec Guinness performed the stunt of climbing down the side of the mansion. He was convinced by a technician that the piano wire holding him up would not break, since only piano wire with kinks in it would be prone to breaking. As he got to about four feet from the ground, the wire did in fact break.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[Daphne laughs at Sidney's suit]
Sidney Stratton:What's funny about it?
Daphne Birnley, Alan Birnley's daughter:It's just the suit. It looks as if it's wearing you.
Sidney Stratton:It's still a bit luminous but it'll wear off.
Daphne Birnley, Alan Birnley's daughter:Oh, no!
Sidney Stratton:No?
Sidney Stratton:No. Makes you look like a knight in shining armour.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Just a Minute: Episode #2.2" (1994)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Classic Ealing Gem, 2 August 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Man in the White Suit is one of those delightful comedies that Ealing studies made so well in the 40's and 50's. The plot of this one follows a man that invents a cloth that neither gets dirty nor breaks. Of course, this is a huge breakthrough in the world of textiles. However, things are not that simple as the cloth will threaten the way of life of many people, including cloth manufacturers, the cloth mill's workforces, and even an old lady that does her washing every week. The Man in the White Suit is a film about scientific advances, and the way that they don't always help; as the old woman says at one point in the movie, "Why cant you scientists just leave things alone?"

Like a lot Ealing comedies, this one stars Sir Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness is a fantastic actor; he has the ability to light up the screen with his presence (and he does in this film, literally), but he also manages to portray his characters in a down to earth and believable way. He is suitably creepy in this film, and he captures just the right atmosphere for his character; an intelligent and ambitious, but slightly naive scientist. Along with Guinness, The Man in the White Suit also features Joan Greenwood, the deep voiced actress that co-starred with Guinness in the simply divine "Kind Hearts and Coronets" and Michael Gough, a man that would go on to get himself the role of Alfred in the Batman films. The acting in the film isn't always great, but it is always decent, and it's fits with the film.

The Man in the White Suit is an intelligent, thought-provoking and witty comedy with a moral. The comedy isn't always obvious, and it doesn't always work, but the film is not meant to be a film that provokes belly laughs, so that is forgivable. I recommend this movie, basically, to anyone that is a fan of movies.

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