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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

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Fugitive Bill Saunders and lonely nurse Jane Wharton are crossed by fate when he hides out in her apartment.

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Leyland Hodgson ...
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Peter Forbes ...
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! Caught! With Every Kiss More Reckless, Mor Dangerous Than the Last" See more »


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30 October 1948 (USA)  »

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The Unafraid  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 21, 1949 with Burt Lancaster and Joan Fontaine reprising their film roles. 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 »

Quotes

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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Tries too hard to be artistic
22 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

There are three really good scenes in this movie, but the film simply does not hold together. And, the "chemistry" between Lancaster and Fontaine is all wrong -- as if they are making too different movies. Lancaster goes for earthiness, and he's very sincere, but it always looks like he's acting; he just does not melt into his character. There are some striking camera angles with Joan Fontaine and she's much more at home here than Burt. At the end of the day, this is a curio which leaves the viewer longing for what it could have been. Watch Odd Man Out instead.


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