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  • PG
  • Crime, Drama
  • 1947
  • 92 mins

It Always Rains on Sunday

It Always Rains on Sunday


An escaped convict turns to his married ex-girlfriend for sanctuary in this working-class thriller from the Ealing stable


Director 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.

Set in amid the (studio-built) squalour of London's East End, the film follows 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, ending tragically in the Bethnal Green railway yards.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Susan Shaw, Jack Warnet, Edward Chapman, Patricia Plunkett, John McCallum, Googie Withers
  • Director: Robert Hamer
  • Writer: Angus Mcphail, Henry Cornelius, Robert Hamer
  • Producer: Michael Balcon
  • Photographer: Douglas Slocombe

In a nutshell

We're used to grittier environments now, and the streets look dusty rather than mean, but the emotions, atmosphere and humour still ring true.

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