It Always Rains on Sunday

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In a working class neighborhood in London, a housewife named Rose (Googie Withers) finds herself in a serious bind when her old lover, Tommy Swann (John McCallum), escapes from prison and winds up in her backyard. Rose wants to escape the drudgery of her daily life and remembers the charming man Swann was before prison. But when Swann suspects that Rose is about to turn him in, he snaps, and threatens to destroy not only her fantasies about him but her family's security as well.

Cast & Crew

Googie Withers
Rose Sandigate
John McCallum
Tommy Swann
Jack Warner
Det. Sergt. Fothergill
Edward Chapman
George Sandigate
Susan Shaw
Vi Sandigate
Sydney Tafler
Morry Hyams
Alfie Bass
Dicey Perkins
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Critic Reviews for It Always Rains on Sunday

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Audience Reviews for It Always Rains on Sunday

  • Feb 09, 2011
    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
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  • Mar 10, 2008
    [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]
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