It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Average Rating: 8.3/10
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Average Rating: 8/10
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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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
Nov 25, 1947 Wide
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Hamer's artful and iconoclastic film mixes a day in the life of a working-class family with a startling prison-break melodrama.
A resolutely downbeat - remarkably so for Ealing Studios - account of a day in the life of Bethnal Green...
[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.
Offers some nicely authentic backgrounds, an expert performance by Googie Withers and a breathtaking finale. But the net effect is disappointing.
This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies.
A film as good as, and arguably better than, anything comparable being made at the time on the continent or in the States.
A terrific sense of atmospheric foreboding is contributed by Douglas Slocombe's noirish cinematography and Georges Auric's fate-filled score.
Depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime.
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