Cinema: Tight Little Ealing

On a four-acre plot in the London suburb of Ealing, a tightly knit little group of moviemakers is earning the reputation of turning out consistently good comedies. Curiously, Ealing Studios' non-formula films are made on a basic formula: begin with a situation that is improbable but possible, yet "not wholly fantastic." Last week Ealing's latest, The Man in the White Suit (see below), was being greeted with whoops of laughter by audiences in Manhattan. True to formula, the story is improbable but possible (it revolves around a scientist who invents an indestructible fabric),...

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