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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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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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Trivia

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 »

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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Referenced in Hail, Caesar! (2016) See more »

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Tries too hard to be artistic
22 May 2000 | by aromatic-2See 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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