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It Always Rains On Sunday (Digitally Remastered)  [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.
• ‘Coming in from the Rain’ – Exclusive interviews with: Film Historian Ian Christie; Writer Iain Sinclair; Producer Sean O’Connor and Director Terence Davies.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Worth a look and one I give repeated viewings to.
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.Read more ›
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I have saw this film before; but wanted to see if it was as good as I remember. I must say I enjoyed it, I thought was like looking into a time capsule. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve T
Very enjoyable film with a good script and excellent acting and locations.Published 7 months ago by cliff lever
A great film, B&W, Ealing Classic, a great cast of actors, say no more!Published 8 months ago by K. McGowan
Great acting, great London locations and a terrific storyline. Googie Wither is on particular 'good form'. Very rarely shown on television now which is a real shame.Published 8 months ago by Chapter One