Post by maninasuitcase on Nov 9, 2018 13:04:56 GMT
It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Classic Ealing drama set in a post war East End of London in which rationing is still very much in force. There are plenty of spivs and minor league crooks around to take advantage of the fact that the populous are in need of stuff that is hard to come by.
The film concentrates on a particularly rainy Sunday and focuses on several Londoners who lives are entwined. The film mainly centres on Rosi Sandigate (Googie Withers) her husband and their three children (two of whom are grown up). They are living a peaceful life but then an escaped convict Tommy Swann (John McCallum - soon to be Googie Withers' husband in real life) comes into Rosi's life again. Before Rosi had married her husband she and Swann were a couple and only split up when he got set down. Can Rosi help Swann escape abroad?
The cast are fantastic especially Googie Withers. McCallum is really good as the desperate lag on the run and you get the very dependable Jack Warner playing a detective (old Jack played a few coppers in his time), an obviously balding Sydney Tafler plays a musician and his less than honest brother is played by John (Z Cars) Slater. Slater's character is a pretty unscrupulous wheeler dealer who is always on the look out for a way to make a few quid on the side.
The chase scene is absolutely fantastic and really exciting. A lot of the location filming was done in the Camden Town area of London. Camden is in NW London and not the East End!
A quality snap shot of the lives of rather impoverished Londoners just after the war had stopped.
The BD pq is first class.
Extras: 4 film critics give their views on the film (17 mins), Image Gallery, Trailer, Locations - Then and Now.