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The Man in the White Suit (1951) was a Comedy - Science Fiction Film directed by Alexander Mackendrick and produced by Michael Balcon and Sidney Cole.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingRoger MacDougall, John Dighton, Alexander MackendrickNominated

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The Man in the White Suit (1951)

By Beatrice on Jul 22, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Man in the White Suit Directed by Alexander Mackendrick Written by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, and Alexander Mackendrick from MacDougall’s play 1951/UK Ealing Studios Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant This biting satire might be my favorite of the Ealing comedies. Sidney Stratton (Ale... Read full article

Screening Report: THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (1951) at Film Forum

By Will McKinley on Nov 21, 2012 From Cinematically Insane

Between 1947 and 1957, Ealing Studios produced a series of droll comedies that remain among the most beloved British films of all time. Robert Hamer?s KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949), Charles Crichton?s THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951) and Alexander Mackendrick’s THE LADYKILLERS (1955) are perhaps... Read full article

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Daphne Birnley, Alan Birnley's daughter: Thank you Sidney. If you would've said "yes" I could've strangled you!

[Daphne laughs at Sidney's suit]
Sidney Stratton: What's funny about it?
Daphne Birnley, Alan Birnley's daughter: It's just the suit. It looks as if it's wearing you.
Sidney Stratton: It's still a bit luminous but it'll wear off.
Daphne Birnley, Alan Birnley's daughter: Oh, no!
Sidney Stratton: No?
Sidney Stratton: No. Makes you look like a knight in shining armor.

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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The sounds of Stratton's experiment were later set to music and released as "The White Suit Samba".
Alec Guinness performed the stunt of climbing down the side of the mansion. He was convinced by a technician that the piano wire holding him up would not break, since only piano wire with kinks in it would be prone to breaking. As he got to about four feet from the ground, the wire did in fact break.
The strange noises made by the laboratory apparatus were produced for the sound track by a tuba and a bassoon.
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