Rope of Sand (Paramount 1949, Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid)

Rope of Sand

Thievery, murder, love, and intrigue fill this “Casablanca-esque” film set in South Africa’s diamond-mining country. “Casablanca” alumni Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and Peter Lorre join Burt Lancaster in a search for stolen diamonds. Lancaster had helped a now-deceased diamond thief to escape. Now, being the only man who knows where they are hidden, he withstands torture and blackmail at the hands of the mining company’s chief of security (Henreid).

Lancaster agrees to turn over the diamonds to save the life of a woman (Corinne Calvet) first enlisted to betray him but who subsequently has fallen in love with him. Engaging suspense and a great cast.

The movie marks the first American film for French actress Corinne Calvet. Three years after Rope of Sand, Calvet sued Zsa Zsa Gabor for slander when Gabor accused the actress of not really being French.

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

crew details
Director: William Dieterle
Screenplay: Walter Doniger, John Paxton
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director of Photography: Charles Lang Jr.
Editor: Warren Low
Composer: Franz Waxman
Production Designers: Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Paramount
Year of Release: 1949
Duration: 104 minutes

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