The Man in the White Suit 1951

An altruistic chemist invents a fabric which resists wear and stain as a boon to humanity, but both big business and labor realize it must be suppressed for economic reasons.

The Cast

Alec Guinness-Sidney Stratton
Joan Greenwood-Daphne Birnley
Cecil Parker-Alan Birnley
Michael Gough-Michael Corland
Ernest Thesiger-Sir John Kierlaw
Howard Marion-Crawford-Cranford
Henry Mollison-Hoskins
Vida Hope-Bertha

The Director: Alexander Mackendrick
The Writers: Roger MacDougall, Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick
Music by: Benjamin Frankel
Certificate : U

Film Trivia

The strange noises made by the laboratory apparatus were created by uncredited Sound Editor Mary Habberfield, and produced for the soundtrack with a tuba and a bassoon.
Sir 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 sounds of Stratton's experiment (described on the record label as "guggle glub guggle") were set to music by Jack Parnell and released on Parlophone R 3435 as "The White Suit Samba" with words by T.E.B. Clarke.