The popularity of Vitagraph's five-part Life of Moses spawned a mini-cycle of religious epics. Though running a mere 15 minutes, Gaumont's Pharaoh, or Israel in Egypt contained as much spectacle and sheer entertainment value as any Cecil B. De Mille production. The film concentrates on the various plagues imposed upon the Pharoah by Moses. Given special attention is the Tenth Plague, wherein the first-born son of every Egyptian household is stricken dead. As expected, the film ends with a panoramic shot of the Exodus, which was originally color-tinted by hand.
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