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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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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

"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 »

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 »

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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
(uncredited)
Written by Josef Marais
Performed by Josef Marais and Miranda Marais
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Film noir in an exotic setting
21 February 2003 | by dinky-4See 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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