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Man In The White Suit
Alec Guinness (Sidney Stratton), Joan Greenwood (Daphne Birnley),
Cecil Parker (Alan Birnley).
Sidney Stratton, a laboratory dishwasher at a textile mill, is secretly
at work on the invention of a new fabric that will never get dirty
and never wear out. His employer, Alan Birnley, arrives in time to
see ona of Stratton's experiments. He decides to give Stratton money
and facilities to develop his invention. News of the manufacture of
the suit leaks out, causing consternation among the clothing manufacturers.
The most powerful figure in the industry comes to see Birnley, who
eventually agrees to suppress the invention. Stratton refuses to co-operate
and attempts to escape, but is accidentally knocked out and taken
to hospital. He goes to the clothing industry trade unionists but
is imprisoned by them too. In a final chase he is cornered by both
parties. It is discovered that the fabric is not everlasting after
all - it comes to pieces as they all tear at Stratton's white coat
and trousers. Stratton walks away, humiliated, but determined to find
the fault in his formula and start again.
Cinema Book - ed Pam Cook