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Rope of Sand (1949)

 -  Adventure  -  3 August 1949 (USA)
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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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Mike Davis
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Commandant Paul Vogel
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Arthur Martingale
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Toady
Corinne Calvet ...
Suzanne Renaud
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Dr. Francis Hunter
John Bromfield ...
Thompson (guard)
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Pierson (guard)
Kenny Washington ...
John
Edmund Breon ...
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Ingram
David Thursby ...
Henry (bartender)
Josef Marais ...
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Miranda Marais ...
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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3 August 1949 (USA)  »

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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 28, 1950 with Burt Lancaster reprising his film role. See more »

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

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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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Written by Josef Marais
Performed by Josef Marais and Miranda Marais
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You Must Not Remember This
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

It is set in Africa and includes three cast members from "Casablanca," but it is a far cry from that classic. The main problem is the lousy script, a muddled plot about hidden gold in the desert. It's quite talky for an adventure film and most of the dialog is boring and does nothing to help the narrative flow. What little action there is is clumsily choreographed. Lancaster and Henreid ham it up. Lorre plays a vague character who talks a lot but says nothing. Rains comes off best. Calvet makes an unimpressive American film debut as the love interest. Not only can she not act, she has an annoying voice that sounds like a whiny space alien.


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