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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:
another Ealing Studios 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:
The strange noises made by the laboratory apparatus were created by uncredited sound editor Mary Habberfield and produced for the sound track by a tuba and a bassoon.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:[Seeing the assistant's pen-lighter] That's ingenious. May I?
Assistant:Of course.
Sidney Stratton:[Flicking the lighter on] I wonder, can you tell me what is the ratio of ink to petrol?
Assistant:I don't know.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)See more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
another Ealing Studios gem!, 4 February 2000

I can't say whether the post-WWII British comedies produced at the Ealing Studios are an acquired taste or not, but I am completely addicted, and The Man in the White Suit is one of the best. No need to go into the well-known plot about the threat posed to both the textile industry and the textile unions by an indestructible, dirt-resistant fiber. Suffice it to say that the slings and arrows suffered by the naively idealistic Sidney Stratton in pursuing his polymer vision make for a comedic delight. Many of the well-known faces from the world of British character actors - the nervous Cecil Parker, the suavely devious Michael Gough, and the bluntly ruthless Ernest Thesinger - put in wonderful performances. Guinness - as always and forever - is superb, and Joan Greenwood is delectable as Daphne (just the way she enunciates the word "Daddy", makes the entire movie worth seeing).

"Knudsen!!!!!!!"

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