In 1960s Kenya, American snake-oil salesman and diamond smuggler Joe Moses is chased out of many villages and pursued by the authorities until fate entrusts him with helping a native tribe that believes he is a holy man.

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The latter-day Mister (Joe) Moses is a snake-oil pitchman who is chased out of an African village and is found, literally, in the bull-rushes by Julie Anderson, daughter of missionary Reverand Anderson who has learned that he is a diamond smuggler and threatens to expose him to her fiancé Robert; the district commissioner if he doesn't help lead an African native tribe to their new homeland. With the aid of a pitchman's accessories, including an ability to set fire to a bush, a friendly elephant and his carnival wagon, the schemer is forced to lead his newly found friends out of their settlement which is condemned to be flooded by a new dam. Written by alfiehitchie

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Joe Moses is his name...stealing Africa is his game!

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Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker make a good team
6 March 2005 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Mister Moses" is an amiable, lightweight movie that is heavily dependant upon the charisma of its leading players. Luckily for the movie and the audience, one of the stars is Robert Mitchum who had been carrying lightweight movies since his RKO days. It was only during the last phase of his career that Mitchum's merit became recognised. Before then, his skillful underplaying had been misinterpreted as laziness and inability by the unimaginative morons who formed the critical establishment between 1945 and 1960.

Mitchum plays Joe Moses, a carnival trader in Africa and an easy-going cynic, who is chased out of one village at the beginning of the movie. Injured and unconscious, he floats downstream and winds up at another settlement which is due to be moved en bloc because of a new dam scheme. Moses is finagled into leading the reluctant villagers across country to their new settlement.

Because nothing very exciting happens, the star quality of Mitchum and Carroll Baker is what holds the audience's attention. The mid-1960s was the period when Carroll Baker was making her abortive attempt to become the new sex goddess of Hollywood in a series of salacious melodramas for producer Joseph E. Levine. She was ill-suited for that material, but in "Mister Moses" she is liberated from the shackles of aggressive sexiness. Here, deglamorised and natural, she reminds us of how good she was - and how attractive - in her first few movies before she tried to be a replacement for Marilyn Monroe. Baker and Mitchum make a good screen combination.

"Mister Moses" has all but disappeared in recent years, and has yet to make its debut on DVD. This is surprising because it was originally released by United Artists, since taken over by MGM. Movies released by MGM and United Artists have flooded the DVD market in the past two years, but there is still no sign of "Mister Moses".


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