It Always Rains on Sunday | Ealing 1947 | Googie Withers, John McCallum

It Always Rains on Sunday | Ealing 1947 | Googie Withers, John McCallum

The alcoholic Robert Hamer was rather a toff at Ealing, yet this downbeat movie was one of the first successful attempts at siting a thriller and social drama in a working-class milieu. We’re used to grittier environments now, and the streets look dusty rather than mean, but the emotions, atmosphere and humour still ring true in the story of an escaped convict who turns to his ex-girlfriend (now discontentedly married) for help. She shelters him on a boring wet Sunday, but their newfound relationship is as short as his freedom in the dirty train yards where he meets his death.

Googie Withers as Rose Sandigate
Jack Warner as Detective Sergeant Fothergill
John McCallum as Tommy Swann
Edward Chapman as George Sandigate
Susan Shaw as Vi Sandigate
Patricia Plunkett as Doris Sandigate
David Lines as Alfie Sandigate
Sydney Tafler as Morry Hyams
Betty Ann Davies as Sadie Hyams
John Slater as Lou Hyams, brother of Morrie
Jane Hylton as Bessie Hyams, sister of Morrie
Meier Tzelniker as Solly Hyams, father of Morrie
Jimmy Hanley as Whitey
John Carol as Freddie
Alfie Bass as Dicey Perkins
Frederick Piper as Detective Sergeant Leech
Michael Howard as Slopey Collins
Hermione Baddeley as Doss-house keeper
Nigel Stock as Ted Edwards

Art Direction: Duncan Sutherland
Director Of Photography: Douglas Slocombe
Hairstylist: Doreen Hart
Makeup Artist: Ernest Taylor
Sound Recordist: George Diamond
Special Effects: Richard Dendy, Cliff Richardson
Director: Robert Hamer
Editor: Michael Truman
Producer: Michael Balcon, Henry Cornelius
Original Music Composer: Georges Auric
Sound Supervisor: Stephen Dalby
Novel: Arthur La Bern
Writer: Henry Cornelius, Robert Hamer, Angus Macphail

UK | 92 minutes | 1947



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