Alec Guinness shines in this evergreen satire about the creation of a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out.

Misfit chemist Sidney Stratton goes from lurking in laboratories to being the boardroom champion, until industry bosses and unions alike grasp that his wonder cloth spells doom for their livelihoods. In his bid to share his invention with the world, Stratton is chased through the cobbled streets like a public enemy, aided only by an industrialist’s renegade daughter (Joan Greenwood) and a small girl who shares his innocence—a quality Guinness so beautifully projects.

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Alexander Mackendrick
Running Time
85 minutes
Digital, B/W