The unassuming, nebbishy inventor Sidney Stratton creates a miraculous fabric that will never be dirty or worn out. Clearly he can make a fortune selling clothes made of the material, but may cause a crisis in the process. After all, once someone buys one of his suits they won't ever have to fix them or buy another one, and the clothing industry will collapse overnight. Nevertheless, Sidney is determined to put his invention on the market, forcing the clothing factory bigwigs to resort to more desperate measures...

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  1. Roger MacDougall


  2. Alexander Mackendrick


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  1. Alec Guinness

    Alec Guinness

    Sidney Strantton

  2. Joan Greenwood

    Joan Greenwood

    Daphne Birnley

  3. Cecil Parker

    Cecil Parker

    Alan Birnley

  4. Michael Gough

    Michael Gough

    Michael Corland

  5. Ernest Thesiger

    Ernest Thesiger

    Sir John Kierlaw

  6. Howard Marion-Crawford

    Howard Marion-Crawford


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 25m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • August 7, 1951
    U, Theatrical



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