THE LAVENDER HILL MOB & THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (NR, 1951, 81 min)
Holland (Alex Guinness) is a shy man who works as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. He befriends Pendlebury, a maker of souvenirs and remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold into France. Soon after, they gain the services of professional criminals and plot their crime. Features an early screen appearance from Audrey Hepburn and was included on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 Best British Films of the 20th Century.
THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (NR, 1952, 85 min)
Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), a maverick scientist working in a textile mill, invents a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. He's hailed as a genius---until managment and unions alike realize what his brainwave implies. The satire turns savage as a lynch mob of bosses and workers hunt Sidney down through dark, narrow streets. Includes note-perfect performances from the cream of British character actors: Cecil Parker, Ernest Thesiger, and Joan Greenwood.
Friday, August 4