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This film opens with the following narrated foreword: "This part of the desert of South Africa, where only a parched camelthorn tree relieves the endless parallel of time and space and sky, surrounds like a rope of sand the richest diamond bearing area in the world, an uneasy land where men inflamed by the monotony and the heat, sometimes forget the rules of civilization." In addition to their cast credits, Josef Marais and Miranda are also credited onscreen with "South African Veldt songs." Desert sequences were shot on location in Yuma, AZ, according to information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library. Rope of Sand marked Corinne Calvet's American film debut and the first release of Wallis-Hazen, Inc., a company formed by Hal Wallis and Joseph H. Hazen. On May 31, 1949, Lux Radio Theater broadcast a version of this film.