It Always Rains on Sunday. 1947. Great Britain. Directed by Robert Hamer. 92 min.
Screenplay by Angus MacPhail, Hamer, Henry Cornelius, from the novel by Arthur La Bern. With Googie Withers, John McCallum, Jack Warner, Susan Shaw. Considered a “definitive” British noir and among the best of the famed Ealing Studios’ productions, the film frames a single day in the domestic life of a war-torn East End neighborhood with the escape and capture of a desperate criminal. Shot by cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, the chase across a rain-swept rail yard is among the most compelling film noir sequences in cinema history. New Zealand–born designer James Boswell’s expressionistic poster plays up the film’s gritty realism and hints at the furtive intrigue centered on its female characters.