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½ December 21, 2014
Ealing Studios were, of course, best known for comedies. '"It Always Rains on Sunday', however, is not a comedy but a crime drama, an example of the studio's more serious output. The action is set in Bethnal Green, a working class district of East London, in the years following the end of the Second World War... London Gothic-Among the living, in Old Bethnal Green--Film Noir defies definition, plenty disagree whether its a movement, genre, style. Perhaps its more usefully conceived as a sensibility, a world view, an attitude. In which case the words pessimism, determinism ie characters lacking choices in their lives are predetermined, doom, gloom, the past coming back to affect the present all spring to mind... Dynamic British romantic thriller with a cracking script and an outstanding final reel, crammed full of delectable performances from a fine group of character actors!!
½ October 24, 2013
This British Film Noir starts off really well as it explores the various lives of the working class and criminals in Bethnal Green. Unfortunately as the various story arcs start to link together it begins to feel more and more contrived. Ultimately by the end as a viewer you're left pretty unsatisfied with the films conclusion as well.
July 20, 2013
Very clever British noir. Googie Withers is wonderful as Rose, the bored housewife whose life suddenly becomes more thrilling when an old flame turns to her for help. Highly recommended!
June 9, 2013
The film is a remarkable combination of British social realism and film noir. It seems social realism is the winner for much of the film and all the myriad of characters are acutely observed and brilliantly acted.
The cops and robbers string is sometimes fairly thin on the ground as the Rose Sandigate (Googie Withers) risks a prison sentence and her marriage to help a girl hood flame, small time crim Tommy Swan who is on the run pursued by the relentless Detective Sgt Fothergill who seems not only to know everyone but never be off duty. The Noir theme does however payoff in an remarkable and exciting chase sequence. There is added poignancy as it is revealed that the romance meant much more to Rose than it ever meant to Tommy. Like many films of this era and genre, post war rationing and hardship seems to be an enduring presence in the daily life of ordinary people, and incidentally, the black market which a lot of ordinary people tolerate is the major economic opportunity and driver of criminal activity. Ultimately the film is about the power of that first love (or moreover the overwhelming love of one's life at whatever age it occurs) and the way it blinds us to the risks and dangers of pursuing that dream
June 5, 2013
Above-average British melodrama with slight film noir-ish overtones.
October 31, 2012
Though this may not have been the best film is produced nor the one that aged the best, it is a good example of how Ealing Studios brought realism and the working class to British cinema, in a way which helped shaped its landscape significantly.
½ August 17, 2011
interesting realistic drama
March 23, 2011
A fine drama with a good rail yard chase as the film reaches an exciting climax. Some stunning shots of London as it recovers from the ravages of war.
Super Reviewer
February 11, 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
½ May 7, 2010
Beautifully shot, with film noir-ish touches and an excellent final pursuit sequence, Robert Hamer's third Ealing film as director is a bleak, claustrophobic thrille , showing a seamy side of life. A star-studded cast includes Googie Withers and Jack Warner.
½ March 23, 2010
Better and more compelling than most modern dramas with a stunningly beautiful chase through a rail yard toward the end which would not be nearly so striking and effective in color.
January 23, 2010
It starred someone called Googie Withers. She withered. Bless her.
December 20, 2009
Better and more compelling than most modern dramas with a stunningly beautiful chase through a rail yard toward the end which would not be nearly so striking and effective in color.
April 28, 2009
Excellent early social realism piece from Ealing with an intense chase scene to cap it all off. Wonderful
September 10, 2008
Another Ealing Classic. Convict on the run tracks down his ex-girlfriend, but she's married with step-children but has she moved on completely?
April 30, 2008
the film follows events on one Sunday in Bethnal Green in 1947, following the escape of a convict from Dartmoor Prison. The title gives away the very bleak feeling of this look at the drabness of postwar London and the poverty (not just financial) of the lives of those in the film.
½ April 19, 2008
Tight, well acted British noir. Great characters, ambitious yet economic story, and an excellent chase scene at the end. Kind of like Altman meets Carol Reed.
Super Reviewer
March 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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