The New Pictures, Aug. 8, 1949

Rope of Sand (Paramount) is Hollywood's flowery way of describing the prohibited desert area surrounding a fabulous South African diamond mining concession. Mounting guard on the diamonds are a shrewd, sadistic police chief (Paul Henreid), and his boss (Claude Rains), an elegant, cynical fellow who plays with human lives like a petulant puppet master. With the help of a luscious French trollop (Corinne Calvet), the two men are bent on frustrating the aims of a hulking American hunting guide (Burt Lancaster) who feels that he has earned the right to walk off with some...

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