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Producer Hal Wallis evidently hoped to recapture the magic of his earlier Casablanca with 1949's Rope of Sand. To that end, he hired three of Casablanca's supporting players: Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and Peter Lorre. This time, Henreid is the villain, a sadistic police inspector named Paul Vogel. Stationed somewhere in Africa, Vogel hopes to find a legendary lost diamond field. His principal rival in this endeavor is jewel thief Mike Davis (Burt Lancaster), who continues bouncing back from every death trap lain for him by the ill-tempered Vogel. The scenes in which Davis is subjected to various physical tortures is pretty raw for a 1940s film. Claude Rains co-stars as a diamond syndicate head misleadingly named Toady, while Peter Lorre does his shifty-mercenary act. Billed ninth as the nominal heroine is Hal Wallis' latest discovery, French actress/singer Corinne Calvet. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Walter Doniger Best Screenplay 1949 Nominee

Cast

Burt Lancaster
as Mike Davis
Paul Henreid
as Commandant Paul Vogel
Claude Rains
as Arthur Martingale
Peter Lorre
as Toady
Sam Jaffe
as Dr. Francis Hunter
John Bromfield
as Thompson
Mike Mazurki
as Pierson
Kenny Washington
as John
Corinne Calvet
as Suzanne Renaud
Blackie Whiteford
Ida Moore
as Woman
Hayden Rorke
as Ingram
Carl Harbord
as Operator of Perseus Club
Harry Cording
Edmund Breon
as Chairman
David Thursby
as Henry the Bartender
Martin Wilkins
Art Foster
as Guard
Nestor Paiva
as Ship's Captain
Georges Renavent
as Jacques the Headwaiter

Crew

William Dieterle
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Walter Doniger
Screen Story
Walter Doniger
Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Warren Low
Editor
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Franz Bachelin
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Grace Gregory
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Carl Silvera
Makeup
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