It Always Rains on Sunday

  • PG
  • Robert Hamer (1947)
  • UK
  • 87 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Googie Withers. An escaped convict returns to London's East End to seek out his former girlfriend, who is now married.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Robert Hamer

Other Information

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