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It Always Rains On Sunday (Digitally Remastered) [1947] [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Googie Withers, Edward Chapman, Susan Shaw
  • Directors: Robert Hamer
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0091R42L6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,307 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By UK Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stargazer on 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 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 By Kenneth M. Henderson on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By I. E. THOMAS on 18 Nov. 2012
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Of course this is a wonderful film, I remember seeing it with my parents at the Odeon ,Elmers End when it was first released. This was in the good old days when we had to queue round the block to get in to the Sunday evening performance and - yes -it was Pouring with Rain at the time ! I've seen it many times since as it is so realistic to the times depicted. Also all the familiar faces in the cast were perfect . I particularly liked Sidney Tafler as the philandering record shop (78s !)owner and John Slater as the wide boy. But for me the favourite has to be dear little Edie Martin "nice weather for ducks" who seemed to be in every Rank and Ealing Film as the querky little old lady.
I was looking forward to a real Blu-ray treat from Studio Canal for this universally loved classic and settled in front of my 6 foot screen and loaded the disc to project on my JVC dla hd 350 - which can give a really crisp B and W picture with deep blacks. I recently obtained The Lavender Hill Mob in the restored -by Deluxe Labs- Canal Blu-ray which was very impressive,so this item in the same series should be equally good. I thought I would look at the Special Features first and things looked promising with nice close up HD colour interviews where you could see every hair on people's heads. But then we were shown clips from the film - What dreadful Quality ! Completely washed out contrastless pictures. I had to crank up the projector settings to +40 Contrast and lower Brightness to -20 to get any kind of definition. Of course then the newly shot colour material was wrong.
With trepidation I then selected the feature. More disappointment, more low contrast pictures, titles not sharp - DVD quality.
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