Mister Moses


1h 53m 1965

Brief Synopsis

An American con-man, travelling in Africa, is transformed into a local hero after a village tribe believes him to be a reincarnation of Moses.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Houston opening: 14 Apr 1965
Production Company
Belmont Productions; Frank Ross Productions; Talbot Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Location
Lake Naivasha, Kenya; Amboselli Game Preserve, Kenya
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Mister Moses by Max Catto (London, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Joe Moses, an American circus man, diamond smuggler, and self-styled medicine man, is dumped into a river by enraged African natives he has swindled. Left to float unconscious downstream, he is caught in the bullrushes near a village that is to be flooded upon the completion of an irrigation dam. Despite the pleadings of Anderson, a missionary, the natives refuse to leave by helicopter because they cannot take their animals with them. Joe appears and puts on a magic show by setting fire to a bush, and the natives hail him as a second Moses and demand that he lead them to "The Promised Land." Joe's reluctance to do so is quickly overcome by Anderson's daughter, Julie, who threatens to expose his diamond smuggling. Adding to Joe's problems during the long, arduous trek is Ubi, the U. S.-educated son of a witch doctor who resents Joe's influence with the natives. Attempting to expose Joe as a false prophet, Ubi accidentally perishes in flames. At the journey's end the district commissioner, Julie's former fiancé, fails to arrest Joe and allows him to walk into the African bush. Julie hurriedly tries to explain to her father why she loves Joe and then runs after him.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Houston opening: 14 Apr 1965
Production Company
Belmont Productions; Frank Ross Productions; Talbot Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Location
Lake Naivasha, Kenya; Amboselli Game Preserve, Kenya
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Mister Moses by Max Catto (London, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location in Kenya, on the shores of Lake Naivasha, and in the Amboselli Game Preserve.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 14, 1965

Released in United States Spring April 14, 1965