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It Always Rains On Sunday (Digitally Remastered) [DVD] [1947]

Googie Withers , Edward Chapman , Robert Hamer    To Be Announced   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Googie Withers, Edward Chapman, Susan Shaw
  • Directors: Robert Hamer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LU8NN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,214 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) It Always Rains on Sunday starring Googie Withers, John Mccallum and Jack Warner is considered to be one of the greatest and most overlooked achievements of British 1940s cinema. The film was featured in Time Out’s 100 Best British Films list, as chosen by 150 film industry experts, including Sam Mendes and Wes Anderson.

Googie Withers stars as Rose Sandigate, a Bethnal Green housewife whose Sunday is turned upside down by the re-appearance of an old flame who is now an escaped convict seeking protection from the police. A rare glimpse into life in London’s East End post WWII, It Always Rains on Sunday was Googie Withers’ last film for Ealing Studios and, due to her wonderful performance as a woman trapped in a claustrophobic domesticity, it remains one of her best.

Special Features:

• ‘Coming in from the Rain’ – Exclusive interviews with: Film Historian Ian Christie; Writer Iain Sinclair; Producer Sean O’Connor and Director Terence Davies.
• Locations Featurette with Brtish Film Historian Richard Dacre
• Trailer
• Stills Gallery

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Never Rains, But It Pours. 24 Oct 2009
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The Ealing Studios became a fine independant studio under the leadership of Producer Michael Balcon. This film - It Always Rains On Sunday - is a quirky post war drama, enhanced by a superb performance by Googie Withers. Set in London's working class East End, Rose Sandigate (Withers) has no idea when she awakes on Sunday morning that her run of the mill life is about to change. Fifteen years earlier, her fiance Tommy Swan (John McCallum) was jailed in Dartmouth Prison for thieving, and now the place is abuzz because he has escaped and is on the run.
Jack Warner plays DS Fothergill, and he searches the East End for Swan's old cohort's,figuring he will return there and hide out. He does, and takes shelter out in the shed behind the Sandigate home. The cat and mouse drama heats up when Rose decides to help her ex lover to escape,and the chase sequence at the films end was very well done with some great camera work and lighting.
Apart from Withers, Jack Warner turns in another fine and seemingly effortless performance.Edward Chapman gives good support as Rose's husband,George, as do both McCallum, and Sydney Tafler.
The film was directed by Robert Hamer,(who also directed Kind Hearts and Coronets for Ealing) and the end result is a fine drama with a few twists and turns along the way. A very entertaining film indeed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty 8 Jun 2010
By Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The words "gritty" and "drab" are very appropriate for this excellent film. It is, by its very nature, desiged to be set in the drab environment of post-war Britain.

Rose Sandigate (Googie Withers) was engaged to a local "wide boy", Tommy Swann (John McCallum). However, Tommy becomes involved in armed robbery and is sentenced to a harsh term in jail. Conditions are very harsh and Tommy manages to escape and goes "on the run". He hasn't a clue where to go, but decides upon the only person he ever really trusted: Rose. He hides in the dank, dark bomb shelter in the back garden of her house, which is no longer used. He doesn't realise that his one-time fiancé is now married, albeit not very happily and is living in a dingy, cramped house, but at least she is respectable.

She finds him by chance and, despite everything, still feels something for him; for what might have been; for the life that could have been so much different from the one she lives now. Through a series of extremely tense scenes, she manages to conceal Tommy, although the tension shows. The acting is absolutely first class (only to be expected of Googie Withers) and gives a true sense of the squalor and difficulties people faced in those desperate times.

The film depicts a situation that, even today, happens all too often, where people fall in love, become involved and, for one reason or another, it doesn't work out. It is a story of reality; real lives and real people. It is also interesting, as the escaped convict was subjected to severe "corporal punishment", at the hands of the authorities; something that, certainly in the UK, has long since been outlawed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ealing movie from the 1940s! 30 Mar 2007
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Rather drab and gloomy 1940s movie with apt title, starring real-life husband and wife of sixty years - Googie Withers and John McCallum (now both aged ninety!)

A star-studded cast here, with some of the best known names in British cinema of the time! A film that can be rather dismal in places, but is brightened by a rather 'dishy' Sydney Tafler, being torn between his wife (Betty Ann Davies) and his 'bit on the side' (played by Susan Shaw)

Rosie (Googie Withers) is now married to a man fifteen years her senior. A previous boyfriend from the wrong side of the law escapes from prison, and turns up on her doorstep on the run. Rosie, with a love re-kindled, takes advantage of her loyal and 'decent' husband, along with some daring chances, and attempts to help the escaped convict. Lots of suspenseful moments in this, and as with several movies made by Googie at around this time, shows her talents with some defying and harsh facets to her character. All heads for tragedy - watch to find out how it all turns out!

Good viewing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Always Rains On Sunday 31 Dec 2012
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I have always loved this film since I first saw it and although I have the DVD I add the Blu Ray to my collection. Being an Ealing film the original elements are not as good as they could and this was exasperated by a lab fire in London that destroyed a number of Ealing original elements. The result is good but not excellent.

Worth a look and one I give repeated viewings to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Of A Lost Classic 11 Jun 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This 1947 Ealing Studios film, directed by Robert Hamer (he of Kind Hearts and Coronets fame) and based on the novel by Arthur La Bern, really is something of a little gem. Pre-dating the outstanding series of comedies made by the studio (Hue And Cry, regarded as the first of the series, was made in the same year), IAROS is instead a brilliantly entertaining mix of (uncompromising) tragedy and comedy, encapsulated in what might loosely be termed a crime thriller, and all depicted via Douglas Slocombe's cinematography in a superbly evocative post-WW2 East End setting.

The film's central storyline of escaped convict Tommy Swann (John McCallum) being given refuge in the home of housewife and past lover Rosie Sandigate (a superb Googie Withers), apart from giving Withers a chance (which she takes admirably) to show her frustrations with current circumstances and 'what might have been', is almost secondary to the film's overall mood and outstanding series of parallel narratives and vignettes. Hamer's film provides an intoxicating feel for the times - this was a period where flirtatious teenage daughters got 'tight' (with booze), night-clubbed in a 'roadhouse' and had pictures of Larry Olivier on their bedroom wall, and where families had haddock for breakfast and perused the News Of The World ('Any murders?') in bed and at the breakfast table.

Although, as with many films of the period, some of the acting here is rather stylised, once gotten used to, IAROS provides a number of infectious turns (almost too many to count, in fact). Withers probably just about steals the show with her depiction of wife and step-mother Rosie, a mix of feisty, resentful (of her two step-daughters) disciplinarian, but with moments of dreamy wistfulness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
The old black and white films are great. No swearing, sex or violence. Just a good story. This film is a classic in my view.
Published 2 months ago by Jane Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully restored, a gripping tale with some fine performances ...
Beautifully restored, a gripping tale with some fine performances and attention to detail. A piece of film history. essential to any film fan.
Published 4 months ago by Bob Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I visited the filming locations in 2003
Only after my week long stay in London's East End, and walking around the place, did I come across the existence of this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Agraf
5.0 out of 5 stars it always rains on sunday
one the best films from england all star cast from the 40s very good quality and price buy again brian
Published 9 months ago by brian robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Googie Withers
Googie Withers is great in this. I waited a long time to get this film, and although it was very good, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. J. Boreham
4.0 out of 5 stars Post-War breakthrough film
Director and co-writer Robert Hamer's crime drama apparently marked a breakthrough in British film. It was the first to exclusively be set in and amongst working class East Enders... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tim Kidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it for the history
Another great British Ealing crime atmosphere film. British social history wrapped up as a cracking film. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Terence A. Killick
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brit film
Its a period piece but nonetheless its well done and very tense in places. Almost the plot of a Martina Cole book.
Published 14 months ago by Dave Clo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lover of Film
I bought this for my nephew as he is a film buff and also attends a Film Quiz night on a regular basis. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Classic
Had heard and read about Googie Withers but had never
really seen any of her movies. This is an excellent movie,
very well directed, magnificently staged and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emiliano O. Rivas
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