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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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Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Ricardo Cortez
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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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Savage Greed...Sultry Love...Wild Adventure! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Corinne Calvet's Hollywood debut. See more »

Goofs

The title "Rope of Sand" refers to the Sahara Desert, however the setting is "Southwest Africa" and Capetown is mentioned several times - these geographical features lie at opposite ends of the continent (the Sahara in the north). See more »

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[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
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Written by Josef Marais
Performed by Josef Marais and Miranda Marais
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Adequate Thriller
14 July 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A man (Burt Lancaster) abused by a sadistic mining company cop (Paul Henreid) before he could tell where on their desert property he had found diamonds decides to steal them instead.

Glenn Erickson reflected on the background of the film and how it was received when first released, "Although William Dieterle's direction is capable, the script works too hard to introduce an overly familiar collection of stock thriller types ... Critics generally liked Lancaster's performance, even if they slighted the work of Claude Rains and Peter Lorre and saved the bulk of their praise for Paul Henried's nasty villain." Indeed, those who watch the film for Lorre may be disappointed on little screen time he receives.

Reflecting decades later, Burt Lancaster singled this out as his least favorite film. That was due to personal reasons, however, so may not necessarily reflect whether this was (in his opinion) his worst performance.


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