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Rope of Sand (1949)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Film-Noir | 3 August 1949 (USA)
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.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Walter Doniger (story and screenplay), John Paxton (additional dialogue)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Mike Davis
Paul Henreid ... Commandant Paul Vogel
Claude Rains ... Arthur Martingale
Peter Lorre ... Toady
Corinne Calvet ... Suzanne Renaud
Sam Jaffe ... Dr. Francis Hunter
John Bromfield ... Thompson
Mike Mazurki ... Pierson
Kenny Washington Kenny Washington ... John
Edmund Breon ... Chairman
Hayden Rorke ... Ingram
David Thursby David Thursby ... Henry
Josef Marais Josef Marais ... Specialty Singer
Miranda Marais Miranda Marais ... Specialty Singer (as Miranda)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

3 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutige Diamanten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In her biography, Corinne Calvet confesses that she did not understand what William Dieterle said, because of his heavy European accent. So she asked her co star Burt Lancaster to translate for her. See more »

Goofs

During his first discussion with Burt Lancaster's character (a hunting guide), Peter Lorre's character mentions that the hunting guide had been leading an expedition to "kill a lion" during his earlier mishap - there are no African lions in the Sahara, which is the "Rope of Sand" mentioned in the film's title. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Zulu Warrior
(uncredited)
Written by Josef Marais
Performed by Josef Marais and Miranda Marais
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Diamonds and dust.
18 April 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Slow-moving adventures yarn,with a shaky script ,sometimes looking towards "Casablanca".I do not think,like the precedent user that Henreid 's character is in love with Lancaster's,but if one can go as far as to say that ,it's because of the lack of a strong female counterpart:Corinne Calvet is not Ingrid Bergman ,by a long shot.

This story,which revolves around diamonds which Lancaster hid somewhere -And Henreid lets his sadism flow to get these "girl's best friend" as Marylin would say".Peter Lorre and Claude Rains are almost wasted in predictable parts,and the plot meanders in the implausibilities (Calvet charged with murder,for instance).

The best scene remains the fight Lancaster/Henreid in the desert:the desolate landscape is almost lunar ,and the violence very intense for the time.

It's not one of the best Dieterle I've seen though.


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