The Man in the White Suit

Man in the White Suit

A film by Alexander Mackendrick
Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker

A classic story of the common man battling the Establishment.

Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness), a brilliant young research chemist, is obsessed with inventing an “everlasting fiber” but having made quite a nuisance of himself he’s been reduced to a lowly lab dishwasher. Fiercely determined and encouraged by the mill owner’s beautiful daughter Daphne (Joan Greenwood), he succeeds in finally creating the miracle fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out!

Wearing a white suit made of this wonderous textile, Sidney is forced to defend his discovery when he is confronted, harassed and chased by the mill owners and trade unions who want to suppress his invention. Director Alexander Mackendricks’ The Man in the White Suit (1951) is a stunning example of the famed “Ealing Comedy” films.


Technical Information

Production Year
Country of Production
United Kingdom
Running Time
85 mins

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