Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)





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In this film noir drama, Bill Saunders (Burt Lancaster) is a former Prisoner of War living in England whose experiences have left him emotionally unstable and prone to violence. One night, while drinking in a pub, he gets into an argument with the owner which quickly escalates into a brutal fist fight; Bill kills the publican and flees with the police giving chase. Bill is given shelter by Jane Wharton (Joan Fontaine), a kind-hearted nurse who believes Bill when he tells her that the killing was an accident and that he's innocent of any wrongdoing. Bill soon gets in a fight with a policeman and ends up in jail, but Jane, who has fallen in love with Bill, still has faith in him, and upon his release she finds him a job driving a truck delivering drugs for the clinic where she works. Career criminal Harry Carter (Robert Newton), who witnessed Bill's murder of the pub owner, now sees a perfect opportunity for blackmail, and he forces Bill to tip him off for his next major drug shipment, which can then be routed to the black market at a high profit. Bill has little choice but to agree, but when Jane ends up tagging along when Bill is to make the delivery in question, he refuses to jeopardize her and makes the delivery to the clinic without incident. This quickly earns Harry's wrath, and they soon find themselves at the mercy of a very dangerous man. Miklos Rozsa composed the film's highly effective score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Burt Lancaster
as William Earle 'Bill' Saunders
Robert Newton
as Harry Carter
Joan Fontaine
as Jane Wharton
Jay Novello
as Sea Captain
Lewis L. Russell
as Tom Widgery
Aminta Dyne
as Landlady
Harold Goodwin
as Whipper
George Bunny
as Bookie
Leslie Denison
as Constable
Ben Wright
as Cockney Tout
James Logan
as Seaman
Harry Wilson
as Man in Pub
Reginald Sheffield
as Superintendent
Tom Dillon
as Welshman
Alec Harford
as Doctor
Lora Lee Michel
as Little Girl
Patty King
as Children
David McMahon
as Seaman
Jimmy Aubrey
as Taxi Driver
Scott Wallace
as Hanger-On
Colin Kenny
as Proprietor
David Dunbar
as Large Man
Robert Hale
as Tipster
Fred Fox
as Tipster
Charles McNaughton
as Telescope Man
Al Ferguson
as Marker
Peter Hobbes
as Young Father
Harry Allen
as Drunk
Keith Hitchcock
as Official
Thomas P. Dillon
as Welshman
Jack Carol
as Tipster
Joseph Granby
as Theater Manager
Ola Lorraine
as Donald's Mother
Campbell Copelin
as Publican
Ken Harvey
as Booky
Don MacCracken
as Policeman
Valerie Cardew
as Change Girl
Grizeida Hervev
as Mrs. Paton
James Fowler
as Tipster
Grizelda Harvey
as Mrs. Paton
Richard Glynn
as Donald
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The soap opera romance felt as phony as the London dock scenes.

Full Review… | August 18, 2004
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