• trolleyfreak

    ★★★★ Rewatched by trolleyfreak 15 Apr, 2016 1

    A non-stop comedy generates an avalanche of fun and humour with a top cast of players supporting Alec Guinness in one of his finest performances as the scientist who invents an amazing textile that apparently won't wear out and actually repels dirt, thereby throwing the textile industry and its shop floor workers into turmoil.

    Mackendrick brings his customary sharpness to this satire on moral cowardice and the conservatism of British industry but he does it in a way to keep…


  • MDHInHouston

    ★★★★ Rewatched by MDHInHouston 10 Apr, 2016

    A lesser comedy from Ealing as a young scientist discovers the formulae for an ever lasting cloth. 

    Alec Guiness stars with Cecil Parker l, Michael Goth and Joan Greenwood. 

    If dated by today's standards the central point of the story is still relevant; the lengths big companies will go to hold on to their monopolies and suppress breakthroughs.


  • Josh Daws

    ★★★★½ Watched by Josh Daws 10 Apr, 2016

    In keeping with the style of the Ealing comedies, ‘The Man in the White Suit’ takes an essentially ludicrous conceit, the invention of a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, and develops it logically as far as it will go. Like ‘Passport to Pimlico’, the only other of these films that I’ve seen, it employs a lot of witty humour and has a generally comic, fun, good humoured tone to it that works greatly in its favour.…


  • MovingPictures

    ★★★★ Watched by MovingPictures 05 Apr, 2016


    Deadly serious comedy showing what happens when IDEALISM meets the BRUTAL REALITY. Not a pretty or uplifting sight.

    This comedy made by Alexander Mackendrick with Alec Guinness in the main role and with hordes of high quality British character actors seems NO LESS THAN BRILLIANTLY PERFORMED.

    I expect a future rewatch to receive even more stars.


  • ArizonaJim

    ★★★★½ Added by ArizonaJim

    My parents always got me to watch Ealing Comedies, so they are part of my childhood - I don't remember that this was one of my favourites (it has to be admitted it is amusing rather than laugh out loud funny), but I now think it is the finest of them. Alec Guinness invents a cloth that doesn't get dirty and never wears out - the mill owners and the unions both try and suppress it. If there is a…


  • Andrew R.

    ★★★★ Added by Andrew R.

    Has too many scenes of rubble collapsing on people but it's still a thoughtful romp.


  • Joseph Jones

    ★★★★★ Watched by Joseph Jones 04 Mar, 2016

    An eccentric scientist (Alec Guinness) invents a fabric that is immune to getting dirty and theoretically lasts forever; while he sees it as a boon to humanity, others want to suppress it for economic reasons. Uproarious, laugh-out-loud funny social satire that spares nobody -- greedy capitalists, Marxist labor leaders, our patriarchal caste system; smart, stinging script by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton and director Mackendrick, who brilliantly helms the story with pitch-perfect tone, and boasting a top-notch cast, with particular kudos to Guinness and Joan Greenwood.


  • Irvin Malcolm

    ★★★★ Watched by Irvin Malcolm 01 Mar, 2016

    A young brilliant scientist discovers a fabric that is dirt repellent and indestructible, sending the textile manufacturing industry into tizzy due to its implications economically. This satirical comedy is surprisingly still relevant today is quite funny yet also thought provoking (I do wonder if they HAVE discovered such a fabric but never would release it). Alec Guinness is terrific, as usual, as the brilliant, ambitious, well-intention but rather naive scientist. This is another Ealing comedy and it's yet another excellent one. This is a definite recommendation.


  • Ryan Meyers

    ★★★½ Added by Ryan Meyers

    Clothing manufacturing bigwigs are forced to take desperate measures when a timid inventor creates a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. "The Man in the White Suit" is definitely a movie to watch several times as there are about a dozen different readings, at the very least, one can get out of it. It would be easy to read in a Marxist fashion and a cultural perspective. Capitalism good - innovation bad.

    Alec Guinness, once again, does…


  • Michael Keene

    ★★★★ Watched by Michael Keene 23 Feb, 2016

    2016 Cult Movie Challenge: Week 7

    Yes, I'm exceptionally late on this review for the challenge, but you know what else is late? Your mom.


    This is a simple, fun Ealing comedy that gets by more on its performances than its plot. Most notable are Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood, who lead an incredible cast. Greenwood was the standout for me, as the petulant daughter of a rich textiles industrialist. She's almost more a voice than a human being.…


  • Tyler Featherstone

    ★★★½ Watched by Tyler Featherstone 03 Feb, 2016

    Probably the youngest I've ever seen Alec Guinness.

    Here he plays Sidney Stratton, a man that creates the perfect fibre, one that will never tear or sully. As ecstatic as he is of his discovery, he seems to be the only one excited for the breakthrough. The top brass from the local textile mills desperately seek to control the product as the labour unions hunt him down as well, fearing the loss of their jobs. With everyone turning against him,…


  • ProfessorMortis

    ★★½ Watched by ProfessorMortis 23 Jan, 2016

    Ealing. I don't get it. Always so dry I never laugh.