Review: ‘Kiss the Blood Off My Hands’

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, adapted from Gerald Butler's novel of postwar violence and demoralization [by Ben Maddow and Walter Bernstein], is an intensely moody melodrama.

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, adapted from Gerald Butler’s novel of postwar violence and demoralization [by Ben Maddow and Walter Bernstein], is an intensely moody melodrama.

concerns an uprooted vet of the Second World War whose life is shattered after he accidentally kills a man in a London pub. Although based on a formula plot, this film is lifted out of the run-of-the-mill class through Norman Foster’s superior direction, first-rate thesping and well-integrated production mountings.

Lancaster delivers a convincing and sympathetic portrayal of a tough hombre who can’t beat the bad breaks. Fontaine performs with sensitivity and sincerity in a demanding role. As the heavy, Newton is properly oily and detestable.

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

Production

Universal. Director Norman Foster; Producer Richard Vernon; Screenplay Leonardo Bercovici, Hugh Gray; Camera Russell Metty; Editor Milton Carruth; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Bernard Herzbrun, Nathan Juran

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Joan Fontaine Burt Lancaster Robert Newton Lewis L. Russell Aminta Dyne Jay Novello

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