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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 October 1948 (USA)
Fugitive Bill Saunders and lonely nurse Jane Wharton are crossed by fate when he hides out in her apartment.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Leonardo Bercovici (screenplay), Ben Maddow (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Jane Wharton
Burt Lancaster ... William Earle 'Bill' Saunders
Robert Newton ... Harry Carter
Lewis L. Russell Lewis L. Russell ... Tom Widgery
Aminta Dyne Aminta Dyne ... Landlady
Grizelda Hervey ... Mrs. Paton
Jay Novello ... Sea Captain of Pelicano
Colin Keith-Johnston ... Judge
Reginald Sheffield ... Superintendent
Campbell Copelin Campbell Copelin ... Publican
Leyland Hodgson ... Tipster (as Leland Hodgson)
Peter Hobbes Peter Hobbes ... Young Father
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Storyline

Bill Saunders, disturbed ex-soldier, kills a man in a postwar London pub brawl. Fleeing, he hides out in the apartment of lonely nurse Jane Wharton. Later, despite misgivings about his violent nature, Jane becomes involved with Bill, who resolves to reform. She gets him a job driving a medical supplies truck. But racketeer Harry Carter, who witnessed the killing, wants to use Bill's talents for crime. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A HUNTED MAN...A LOVE-HAUNTED WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unafraid See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Norma Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lancaster wanted to retain the novel's title in order to capitalize on its success. Universal and the MPAA had problems with it, so the studio tested "Blood on My Hands" and "Blood on the Moon." It eventually premiered under the more innocuous "The Unafraid" but eventually reverted back to the book's original title. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in England, where automobiles and trucks are right-hand drive; but the truck Bill drives is left-hand drive. See more »

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Judge: [to Bill Saunders] ... furthermore, although these appear to be first offenses, in view of the brutal nature of the assault, I have no alternative but to direct that you receive eighteen lashes of the cat-o'-nine-tails.
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Burt Lancaster on the run in postwar London
13 September 2019 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In post-war London, an ex-soldier hides out in a strange woman's apartment in Kiss the Blood off My Hands, a 1948 film starring Burt Lancaster Joan Fontaine, Robert Newton, and Jay Novello.

A man with violent tendencies (or perhaps PTSD), Bill Saunders (Lancaster) gets into a bar brawl and is chased by the police. He opens the window of a lonely woman, Jane (Fontaine) and stays there until the next morning. If she's scared, she manages to keep her cool.

Bill seeks her out later and convinces her to go to the races with him. While on the train going home, he gets into another brawl - and then attacks a police officer. This time, he gets a prison sentence of six months.

Upon his release, the kind-hearted Jane gets him a job as a medical supplies driver at the clinic where she works. Unfortunately for Bill, a man named Harry Carter (Robert Newton) saw the bar fight and blackmails Bill.

Harry and his gang want to steal valuable penicillin that Bill is carrying which is supposed to be administered to sick children. Bill agrees, but changes his mind, and more violence ensues.

Jane and Bill are in love, but he needs to leave town in a hurry and believes he has no place in her life. She doesn't want him to go. Soon she's up to her neck due to his difficulties.

Handsome, hunky Burt Lancaster gives an excellent performance as a man who's had no breaks and whose hair-trigger temper lands him into trouble. Joan Fontaine is lovely, with a gentle, sweet but strong nature.

Decent, atmospheric noir with performances that make it involving. It doesn't live up to its wild title. It's basically dressed up as romance.


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