It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)



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After the war, British films began avoiding the heiresses and lordships that had dominated the drama field and began pursuing "realism" -- which often was just as artificial as the earlier white-telephone pictures. John McCallum plays Tommy Swann, a product of the working class who tries to better himself by becoming a criminal. Escaping from prison, Swann hides out in the East London home of his former mistress Rose (Googie Withers), who has since married George Sandigate (Edward Chapman). The … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Cornelius, Robert Hamer
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Rialto Pictures


as Rose Sandigate

as George Sandigate

as Vi Sandigate

as Doris Sandigate

as Morry Hyams

as Sadie Hyams

as Lou Hyams

as Bessie Hyams

as Tommy Swann

as Whitey

as Freddie Price

as Detective Sgt. Fothe...

as Detective Sgt. Leech

as Mrs. Spry

as Slopey Collins

as Caleb Neesley

as Mrs. Neesley

as Mrs. Watson

as Ted's Landlady

as Pub Owner of the "Tw...

as Yardmaster

as Mrs. Wallis

as Rev. Black

as Alfie Sandigate

as Barmaid of the "Two ...

as Bill Hawkins

as Dicey Perkins
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Critic Reviews for It Always Rains on Sunday

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

Hamer's artful and iconoclastic film mixes a day in the life of a working-class family with a startling prison-break melodrama.

Full Review… | March 26, 2012
New Yorker
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A resolutely downbeat - remarkably so for Ealing Studios - account of a day in the life of Bethnal Green...

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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This is a mostly forgotten gem.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Boston Globe
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A real gem.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
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[Hamer] shows a fluency with noir's shadowy visual vocabulary, but what really links this to the genre is its sense of haunting regret and lost opportunity.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Offers some nicely authentic backgrounds, an expert performance by Googie Withers and a breathtaking finale. But the net effect is disappointing.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for It Always Rains on Sunday

a nearly forgotten postwar noir from ealing studios; a rich slice of lower class life in london's east end. googie withers plays a tough housewife, settled in with older husband and stepkids, whose sense of adventure is rekindled when her lost lover escapes from prison and turns up on her doorstep. lovely grimy desperation ensues. considered a precursor to kitchen sink dramas of 60s british cinema. this was my first experience with amazon on demand, good quality and if they keep turning up gems like this it won't be the last

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"It Always Rains on Sunday" is a movie that is impressive, complex and ahead of its time in depicting the citizens of an East End London neighborhood in a series of interlocking tales during a single day.(For example, one of the families portrayed is Jewish but they are not stereotypes.) This is a working class neighborhood where the people work hard during the week but their one day of rest, Sunday, when they would like to get out and about, it rains which is symbolic of their entire situation. So to escape, they go to the market, the cinema, the pubs, the fights or a nightclub. At the same time, some are desperate enough to resort to crime which even though it is occasionally violent, is usually theft-related but it never pays. A trio of hapless burglars attempt to break into a safe but only manage to steal 144 pairs of roller skates. Another thief, Tommy Swann(John McCallum), has just escaped from Dartmoor leading Detective Sergeant Fothergill(Jack Warner) to see if any of his old friends might know where he is hiding. One person he talks to is Rose Sandigate(Googie Withers) who used to be involved with Tommy but is now married to George(Edward Chapman), 15 years her senior.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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