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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
Snake-oil salesman and diamond smuggler Robert Mitchum runs into trouble with irate African villagers; he's cared for by the daughter of a missionary reverend who is engaged to the district commissioner, who in turn has ordered the natives off the land due to an impending flood despite their refusal to vacate without their animals. Sloppy second-biller certainly doesn't provide much in the way of an acting showcase, though Mitchum and Carroll Baker manage a comfortable repartee. Adaptation of Max Catto's book waffles uncertainly between comedy, romance and adventure, this due to Ronald Neame's surprisingly lax direction. Film is benign enough, though that's hardly complimentary. *1/2 from ****
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