It Always Rains on Sunday

It Always Rains on Sunday

Robert Hamer (1947)

87min
PG Certificate
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This saga of interconnecting lives is one of Ealing's more successful non-comedies. The drab city locale of Arthur La Bern's source novel is brilliantly re-created in the studio and the atmosphere is superbly captured by cameraman Douglas Slocombe. In a cast of well-known character actors, top-billed Googie Withers is particularly outstanding as the ex-lover of convict John McCallum (they married a year later in real life), while Sydney Tafler and John Slater are the embodiment of East Enders (they would spend much of their careers playing similar roles in often inferior films). The film marked a breakthrough for its portrayal of the English working class on screen, and much of the credit should go to director/co-writer Robert Hamer, who's perhaps better known for directing Ealing's one undisputed masterpiece, Kind Hearts and Coronets.

Summary

A convict escapes from prison and heads for London's East End in search of his former lover, hoping she will give him a safe hiding place. She is now married with three children, and is torn between her loyalty to her family and her unresolved feelings for the fugitive. Crime drama based on Arthur La Bern's novel, starring Googie Withers and John McCallum.

Cast & Crew

Rose Sandigate Googie Withers
George Sandigate Edward Chapman
Vi Sandigate Susan Shaw
Tommy Swann John McCallum
Doris Sandigate Patricia Plunkett
Alfie Sandigate David Lines
Morry Hyams Sydney Tafler
Sadie Hyams Betty Ann Davies
Lou Hyams John Slater
Bessie Hyams Jane Hylton
Director Robert Hamer
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: BFI Films Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 26 Oct 2012

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