Saturday, November 10, 2012


It Always Rains on Sunday is a little-known Ealing Studios film, released in 1947. Directed by Robert Hamer, who went on to helm Kind Hearts and Coronets, and based on the book by Arthur La Bern, this film, juts released as a restored BFI version on Studio Canal Blu-ray, is a British noir about housewife Rose Sandigate (Googie Withers) who is put in an impossible position when her former lover, criminal Tommy Swann (John McCallum) escapes from prison and turns to her to hide him from the police. It paints an interesing picture of post-war London and the cast especially Withers, McCallum and Jack Warner as Det. Sgt Fothergill are very watchable on screen. Director Hamer keeps the action moving well, keeping the various elements of the plot engaging including a sub plot about record shop owner Morry Hyams, played by Sydney Tafler and his infidelities. Of course, noir films only end one of a few ways and it doesn't take a genius to work out how this concludes but it is an interesting curio, showing that Ealing could tackle more than just comedies. It's not a classic in the vein of the best Ealing work like Kind Hearts and Coronets or The Ladykillers but if you're a fan of their films and would like to see some a little bit different, you wouldn't go far wrong with It Always Rains on Sunday‚Ķ

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Blogger Richmonde said...

Love this film. They were plagued with rather sunny weather and the rain is from rain machines. Googie Withers and John McCallum ran away together to Australia and worked in the theatre there.

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