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Rope of Sand (1949)

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A man abused by a sadistic mining company cop before he could tell where on their desert property he'd found diamonds decides to steal them instead.



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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Martingale
Corinne Calvet ...
Suzanne Renaud
Dr. Francis Hunter
Thompson (guard)
Pierson (guard)
Kenny Washington ...
Edmund Breon ...
David Thursby ...
Henry (bartender)
Josef Marais ...
Specialty Singer
Miranda Marais ...
Specialty Singer (as Miranda)


Two years ago, hunting guide Mike Davis was with a client who trespassed on diamond company land and found a rich lode; Paul Vogel, sadistic commandant of company police, beat Mike nearly to death but failed to learn the location. Now Mike is back in Diamantstad, South African desert, and manager Martingale has a better idea: he hires delectable adventuress Suzanne to ferret out Mike's secret. But she soon finds she's playing with fire. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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A Mighty Story of Savage Greed and Sultry Love Set in the Dreaded Desert that Guards the Dark Continent's Forbidden Diamond Fields!




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Release Date:

3 August 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blutige Diamanten  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During one scene with Burt Lancaster, Corinne Calvet felt nauseous and threw up on her leading man. She was not able to film anything else that day. She remained grateful to the actor that he never mentioned it after she returned and gave her suggestions and encouragement. She credits him for her success in Hollywood. See more »


When Vogel tries to kiss Suzanne, the lighting changes completely from one cut to the next. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This part of the desert of South Africa, where only a parched camel thorn tree relieves the endless parallels of time, space, and sky, surrounds like a rope of sand the richest diamond-bearing area in the world -- an uneasy land where men inflamed by monotony and the heat sometimes forget the rules of civilization.
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Film noir in an exotic setting
21 February 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

The cast makes this one worth watching: Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains (at his silkiest), Peter Lorre, Sam Jaffe. The character Corinne Calvet plays is a screenwriter's dream since she's likely to spark unexpected changes in each of the male characters, but as an earlier contributor pointed out, Calvet isn't up to the part. It's hard to believe that a man such as Burt Lancaster's character could become so smitten with her.

The South Africa setting adds interest to the proceedings and the plot uncoils in skillful fashion until the last reel or so when the rush toward climax becomes somewhat delayed and diffused.

Burt Lancaster's whipping at the hands of Paul Henreid no longer includes details mentioned in the book "Sadism in the Cinema," which implies that some footage has been cut from prints. Even in abbreviated form, however, the scene conveys the hint that the real emotional bond in the movie is not between Lancaster and Calvet but between Lancaster and Henreid. Henreid's brutally sublimated desire for Lancaster is certainly understandable since Burt never looked better than he does here.

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