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The Man In The White Suit [VHS] [1951]

Alec Guinness , Joan Greenwood , Alexander Mackendrick    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Michael Gough, Ernest Thesiger
  • Directors: Alexander Mackendrick
  • Writers: Alexander Mackendrick, John Dighton, Roger MacDougall
  • Producers: Michael Balcon, Sidney Cole
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 3 July 2000
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJHZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,091 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Eccentric Sidney Stratton (Alec Guiness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing.

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Ealing Comedy--cosy, gentle and whimsical, right? In this case, think again. Alexander Mackendrick was always the most politically aware of the Ealing directors, and in The Man in the White Suit he takes the studio's favourite theme of the little man up against the system and gives it a sharp satirical twist. Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness at his most unworldly), a maverick scientist working in a Northern textile mill, invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. He's hailed as a genius--until management and unions alike realise what his brainwave implies.

Mackendrick's humour is exact and pointed, and the satire turns savage as a lynch mob of bosses and workers hunt Sidney down through dark narrow streets. Mackendrick's disenchanted view of hidebound, class-ridden British society still rings horribly true, and he draws note-perfect performances from the cream of British character actors: Cecil Parker as the liberal mill-owner (based it's said, on Ealing boss Michael Balcon); Ernest Thesiger as the evil old godfather of the industry; and, wittily sensual as Sidney's confidante, the ever-wonderful Joan Greenwood. Plus, listen out for the "voice" of Sidney's bizarre apparatus, the funniest and most unforgettable sound effect ever devised. --Philip Kemp

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 studio canal blu-ray 23 Nov 2012
By gerrard
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brilliant picture quality,the before and after restoration feature on this disc shows what a great job was done on this.there are english subtitles and a short documentary about the film plus a trailer so not much in the way of extras but the film itself looks as good as Kind Hearts and Coronets.full marks studio canal and lets hope they continue to release more of the Ealing films to this high standard.of course the film and alec guinness' performance are very enjoyable but then when has alec ever been anything other than great?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine weave 29 Oct 2009
This comedy caper from the Ealing Studios has a terrific cast running amok through a suitably wacky story - but, best of all, it is carried off with gusto and stage conviction, beautifully knit together by craftsman-director Alex MacKendrick. Alec Guinness fans will not be disappointed, and Joan Greenwood shows once more why 'tis more the pity she did not do a greater number of screen rolls. Thoroughly good fun, with some serious themes intermixed. Only the print is showing a little instability...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD EALING STUDIOS on NEW DVD. 12 Dec 2011
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A clasic old film, now available on DVD.
I purchased this old favourite to show my eighteen year old lad a bit of a taste of how old Lancashire looked before it all got flatend in the 70's and all the concreat monsters went up. He enjoyed the film and was a gasp that the street lamps where gas, but yet in the mill's the lab tec's had a electron microscope.
The recorded quality of the DVD is prity high when you take the age of the film into acount. GOOD STAY CLEAN FUN.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A real blast from the past ,-this one!
I enjoyed seeing this movie again, Sir Alec Guiness is wonderful as the "mad" scientist who comes up with a fabric that never stains, never wears out, and never wrinkles.A good addition to my collection of Ealing comedies.{Reworked into DVDs]
Great fun!
Maia Russell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British film making. 12 Dec 2004
A classic film from the days when Britain really knew how to do it.
The legendary Sir Alec Guiness excells in this classic, which you can watch time and time again and never tire of.
One of the finest films to come out of the Eailing Studios and a must for anyone interested in classic British cinema.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ealing Adventure. 10 Feb 2007
Alec Guinness is brilliant as Sidney Stratton, slightly madcap scientist it seems specializing in fabrics?. The farcical elements of the story don't matter much though, in many ways it all adds to the charm. I'm sure this film is well on the way to being remade/ruined. I haven't seen the Ladykillers remake but even a small clip from it showed Tom Hanks with a totally unconvincing English accent. Surely if Ealing films are going to be remade can't we at least drum up some good young British actors/actresses to play the leads?. There's plenty about at the moment. The film's 85 minutes whizz past and the end credits are rolling before any hint of boredom can set in. The film seems to be very well paced, with guinness convincingly playing the hounded scientist with a top secret and also a slapstick clown [ the scene were he's trying to get into his bosses house is classic farce.] In films today these kind of scenes would be cut as they perhaps don't progress the story. Although the plot is nonsense and the science seems very creaky even from a future perspective, its great fun anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Guinness! 12 Jun 2014
By Troy F.
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Poor Sir Alec was afraid he'd be remembered only for Star Wars.
Not with movies like this one!

An absolute joy of a film and an Ealing Studios Classic, in every sense of the word. Basically it's about a persistent scientist that has a lot of smarts but not a lot of money for research. So he finds odd jobs at factories and companies where he can "borrow" the equipment to further his research. And it's just a delight to root for this underdog while he's trying to create a super fabric. Does he? Well, watch this funny and thoughtful movie and see. A smart great comedy with a message. Guiness creates such a wonderful character and the humor and events are so funny and smart that you can watch this one again and again.

The print looks really good in Blu-ray, much better than I thought for such an old film. There's a few extras: featurette, stills gallery and trailer, but it's the film that really shines, digitally restored.

If you've never seen this, it's a must.
If you have, well, you know what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny 5 Mar 2013
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wonderful, my dad loves this, he watched it when he was younger, and brings back memories for him, hes nostalgic like that
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... DVD version and as it is one of my favourite movies I wanted the...
I currently have the DVD version and as it is one of my favourite movies I wanted the higher resolution Blu-ray version to enjoy it further in a larger screen format.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Toneguzzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Canal Blu-ray not as good as Anchor Bay DVD in the states
To my surprise, the Blu-ray does not look as good as the Anchor Bay DVD from the states. They have remarkably similar detail, but the DVD (to my surprise) his better in that is... Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Ostrov
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, Watchable, Great Premise
This black and white 1951 Ealing comedy follows the antics of the shy inventor Alex Guinness as he pursues his love of textile science. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man in the White Suite
This is great Ealing Comidy with Alec Guinness playing the inventor of the white suite that never wares out. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beleaguered Entrepreneur
This 1951 Ealing film directed by Alexander MacKendrick was his second feature (following the equally outstanding Whisky Galore! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy
I got the product at a reasonal price, in quality condition and on time. I was totally satisfied with the transaction.
Published on 12 July 2011 by Ian Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Ealing Had the Midas Touch Back Then
"The Man in the White Suit"(1951) is another post-World War II classic black and white comedy from Britain's Ealing Studios, which seemed to have the Midas touch in those days: I... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2011 by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a tangled web we weave
An independent inventor Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) invents a new polymer. The bourgeoisie incarcerates him. Read more
Published on 4 April 2010 by bernie
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