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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:
Once more, Ealing delivers with a deceptively slight, wonderful film 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

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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:
Mrs. Watson, Sidney's landlady:Why can't you scientists leave things alone? What about my bit of washing when there's no washing to do?See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Once more, Ealing delivers with a deceptively slight, wonderful film, 9 September 2001
Author: Tom May (joycean_chap@hotmail.com) from United Kingdom

An unassuming, subtle and lean film, "The Man in the White Suit" is yet another breath of fresh air in filmic format from Ealing studios. While I suspect some modern viewers may initially find it obscure, I doubt many would fail to be charmed by the expert way the plot, the themes and characters are languidly relayed during the film's course.

The genuinely great Alec Guinness gives another fine characterization in a film perhaps not as obviously virtuoso as Ealing's inspired "Kind Hearts and Coronets" from 1949. This time, he merely plays one character rather than eight, but as the unworldly inventor and scientist Sidney Stratton, he always finds the correct tone and expression. Along with Guinness' subtle, expressive performance, the rest of the cast are effective. Of the main players, Cecil Parker and Ernest Thesiger do stand out. Thesiger is compellingly absurd as the crippled but influential business grandee, while Parker is dependable as the ineffectual yet pivotal mill owner and father. Father, that is, of Joan Greenwood, the deftly delectable comic actress, who is at her insurmountable peak in this film. Resplendent and seductive of aspect and diction, she is quite sublime in this film, a fine contrast with the similarly unusual, but more maladroit Guinness. The scene where she seemingly tries to tempt him is played so adeptly by the pair that it is both deeply poignant and amusing...

The themes are handled very effectively, with no easy morals drawn. The complexities of the relationships between science, business and the workforce are insightfully and enjoyably examined. Expertly helmed by Alexander Mackendrick, this film is technically adept in all areas; evocative photography, fitting sound effects and music and a wistful script, all quietly impress. A thoroughly satisfying film, with Guinness and Greenwood magnificent.

Rating:- **** 1/2/*****

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