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It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

| Crime, Drama | 1948 (Austria)
An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.


Robert Hamer


Arthur La Bern (novel), Angus MacPhail (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Googie Withers ... Rose Sandigate
Edward Chapman ... George Sandigate
Susan Shaw ... Vi Sandigate
Patricia Plunkett ... Doris Sandigate
David Liney David Liney ... Alfie Sandigate (as David Lines)
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Morry Hyams
Betty Ann Davies ... Sadie, his Wife
John Slater ... Lou, his Brother
Jane Hylton ... Bessie, his Sister
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Solly, his Father
John McCallum ... Tommy Swann
Jimmy Hanley ... Whitey
John Carol John Carol ... Freddie
Alfie Bass ... Dicey
Jack Warner ... Det. Sergt. Fothergill


Slice of life drama following the lives of various people in London's East End on a wet Sunday. (Is this film why people think it always rains in England ?) Rose was engaged to local wild boy Tommy Swann but he got imprisoned on Dartmoor. After he was locked up she got married to sedate but dull George. Tommy's now broken out of jail and comes to see Rose to get help to flee the country. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Tommy Swann's back is scarred from flogging, a judicial punishment that was taken off Great Britain's statutes in 1948--one year after this film was made. See more »


When Tommy wrestles Slopey (the reporter) to the floor, the flimsy wall momentarily comes away from the adjoining stairs. See more »


Joe: We don't cater to the criminal classes.
Detective Sergeant Fothergill: Turned over a new leaf?
Joe: There's such a thing as a law of libel.
Detective Sergeant Fothergill: There's such a thing as ham, but there's none in this sandwich.
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British Postwar Film Noir
30 June 2008 | by Red-125See all my reviews

It Always Rains on Sunday (1947), co-written and directed by Robert Hamer, is a film noir movie set in London's working class East End. The film is dated in many ways--London, two years after the end of WW II, is not the London that we know in the 21st Century. We can still see evidence of bomb damage, rationing still applies, and there's a sense of community where everyone knows everyone else's business. Police and petty criminals engage in banter: Joe runs a lunch wagon where criminals tend to meet. A detective sergeant stops at the wagon for information. Joe: We don't cater to the criminal classes. Detective Sergeant Fothergill: Turned over a new leaf?

Several plot lines run through the film. An escaped convict--scarred after being flogged with a cat-o-nine-tails--turns up at the home of a woman he once loved, and who loved him. Rose Sandigate, played by the talented and beautiful Googie Withers, has since entered into a practical marriage with a man 15 years older than she is. We enter into her life, along with the lives of her two step-daughters, her son, three petty criminals trying to get rid of stolen roller skates, and some Jewish good guys, bad guys, and not-so-bad guys.

The production values aren't great, and the lower class accents sometimes call for subtitles. Nevertheless, the central plot element of an escaped convict, who returns to find that the woman he loves has married while he was in jail, is as compelling now as it was 60 years ago.

Finally, the powerful scene of detectives chasing a man through the train yards in the dark, was surely known to Carol Reed when he directed "The Third Man." Reed's scene, set in the sewers of Vienna, took place miles away from Hamer's London. Even so, in compelling action and suspense, they have a great deal in common.

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English | Yiddish

Release Date:

1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Flucht vor Scotland Yard See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,177, 9 March 2008

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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