It Always Rains on Sunday Reviews

  • Dec 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!!

    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!!

  • Oct 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.

    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.

  • Jul 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!

    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!

  • Jun 08, 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

    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

  • Mar 31, 2013

    Above-average British melodrama with slight film noir-ish overtones.

    Above-average British melodrama with slight film noir-ish overtones.

  • Oct 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.

    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.

  • Aug 17, 2011

    interesting realistic drama

    interesting realistic drama

  • Mar 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.

    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.

  • Stella D Super Reviewer
    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

    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

  • May 07, 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.

    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.