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It Always Rains on Sunday
It Always Rains on Sunday

It Always Rains on Sunday 1947


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It Always Rains on Sunday 1947 PG

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Hamer

The British New Wave came a decade earlier than advertised with Robert Hamer's downbeat postwar thriller. In a dank East End of ration-book misery, dosshouses and black marketeering, a world-weary housewife is shaken by the sudden reappearance of an old lover, now an escaped convict on the run. Restored by the BFI in 2012, Robert Hamer's solo directing debut is now recognised as one of the classics of British cinema's golden late-1940s.

At its centre is a career-best performance from the great Googie Withers (who married her co-star, John McCallum, a few months later), but the film is packed with compelling characters, from a trio of comically inept petty hoods touting knocked-off roller skates to a pair of chalk-and-cheese Jewish brothers - one a flash local bigwig, the other a pitiable dreamer and low-rent Lothario. It's utterly convincing in its portrait of a drab postwar East End in a vice of austerity, with a claustrophobic tension thanks to Duncan Sutherland's grimy art direction and Douglas Slocombe's quasi-noir cinematography. (Mark Duguid)

Directed by

Robert Hamer


Edward Chapman

John McCallum

Jack Warner

Googie Withers




Based on the Book…


PG Contains infrequent mild violence and scenes of smoking




United Kingdom



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