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It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

Arthur La Bern (novel), Angus MacPhail (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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The secrets of a street you know

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Flucht vor Scotland Yard See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,176, 9 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,176, 9 March 2008
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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are fictitious, and any similarity to any incident, name or individual is coincidental. See more »

Goofs

At the club, when Sadie (Morry's wife) sits down to talk to Doris, the spotlight shines on the wall behind them, and the shadow of the microphone is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

[Morry has just told off Sadie for buying retail]
Morry Hyams: Where are you going?
Sadie Hyams: To get some fresh air. Don't worry, I'll get it wholesale.
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Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

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Colonel Bogey March
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Music by Kenneth Alford
Played on the harmonica by the boys
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Superb and spellbinding British Film Noir
10 October 2007 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

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 choice their lives are predetermined, doom, gloom, the past coming back to affect the present all spring to mind. Its possible to see a cycle of films with remarkably consistent features in terms of visual style emerging in U.S primarily and to a lesser extent the U.K and France in the forties and fifties. While most noir films have a male as the central protagonist, a male who is invariably weak and flawed, a number of these films, such as Mildred Pierce, have a female protagonist. Noir manifested itself differently in Britain, combining with elements of what was to become known as kitchen sink or social realism and frequently concerned with social class.

This film uses the claustrophobic interiors of the terraced house to great effect. The noir style of long shadows, oblique angles, becomes more evident in the final climax, not really needed early on since the interiors work effectively without lighting effects. Melancholia drips through this like the rain of the title, Googie Withers is terrific, her face a mask of dreams, desires pushed away, disappointment etched over her features through her hard make up. How different she is in appearance to the femmes fatales of the U.S movies, bustling round the kitchen in her pinafore, then later on the almost military smartness of her utility dress when she attends Tommy. As a character shes every bit as strong however as her American counterparts. Like Mildred Pierce, she's strong in a domestic setting, when the usual convention for women in noir is to take them out of the domestic, placing them typically as nightclub singers or gangsters molls. In details I ll acknowledge this is on occasions cheesy and dated. Scratch at the surface however and its a fascinating exploration of the social tensions emerging after World War Two. How were people to adjust to life in peacetime? Were they able to return to the rigidly prescribed roles they d had prior to the war? Ealing studios produced a number of films which now can be seen to share many affinities with American Film Noir, this is one of the most interesting and rewarding.


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