It's not just your imagination getting deja-vu flashes of Casablanca while watching 1949's Rope Of Sand (Olive Films), directed by William Dieterle. It's set in an African city and they've rounded up the usual suspects --  Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains -- from that classic film. But here Burt Lancaster replaces Bogie as a man who defiantly returns to a desert city despite being run out of town years ago by the sadistic police commandant (Paul Henreid, who clearly relishes his role as a baddie). It all has to do with some hidden diamonds and the fetching Corrine Calvet is sent in to seduce Lancaster into revealing his game plan. I was unfamiliar with this suspenseful and action-packed film and found it to be loads of fun.

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