Watch: Rope of Sand 1949 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Story of a South African diamond mine watched over by a sadistic policeman tasked with looking out for smugglers.
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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.
Big-Name Cast, Little-Known Film
I have watched this movie twice and have been waiting for a DVD to be released for quite a while. You would think a film with Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre and Sam Jaffe would get some attention but, I don’t believe this was ever available on VHS, either. Puzzling.
It’s a good film and worth watching. The first time I saw this it reminded me a bit of Casablanca or To Have And Have Not. Oh, not in that class of those films but just being a solid foreign adventure tale with American and English actors in an exotic setting.
On the second viewing, I found the film lagged in a few spots, but it’s still a very good movie. Lancaster is excellent as the good guy after diamonds in North Africa while Henreid is the sadistic bad guy and Raines is back somewhere in the middle as he was in Casablanca. Lorre and Jaffe are almost always fun to watch, too.
Calvert was a French actress and may not be that familiar to English-speaking audiences. Sometimes her accent is hard to decipher. I didn’t find her appealing but I also wasn’t as annoyed with her as others seem to be, either. I do agree there should have been a better female lead in here.
The film offers some good action and some nice black-and-white photography, especially with the nighttime desert scenes, which I really enjoyed. Hopefully, someone will do the right thing and make this available on DVD.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Adventure, Film-Noir
Director William Dieterle
Writer Walter Doniger, John Paxton
Actors Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,926 m (12 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm