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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
You could find better things to do with your time than watch this one!
Robert Mitchum plays the title character, a diamond smuggler, snake oil salesman and all-around shady character. Somehow he's arrived in Afria and when he's discovered down by the bullrushes, this, combined with his name, convince a local chief that Mister Moses was sent by God! While this certainly is NOT the case, Moses takes a real liking to the missionary's daughter (Carroll Baker) and she convinces him to help her lead the tribe to a new region...and he is sort of like the Biblical Moses. However, he has to contend with the law as well as a crazed anti-colonial son of a voodoo priest who swears inexplicably that he's going to kill him.
This is a very strange sort of plot. Even stranger is seeing Robert Mitchum in British Africa! Strangest of all is the ending, however, where for no understandable reason whatsoever, the girl runs off with him. To say the ending makes no sense at all is a reasonable complaint...and the reason this one only earns a 4...even though I usually love Mitchum's films. The 4 is probably a bit generous!!
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