The Life of Moses

The Life of Moses is a 1909 American silent epic film directed by J. Stuart Blackton and starring Pat Hartigan, Julia Arthur and William J. Humphrey. A portrayal of the biblical story of Moses, it was one of a number of prestige film based on historical or religious subjects made during the era.

The Life of Moses
Directed byJ. Stuart Blackton
Produced byMadison L. Peters
StarringPat Hartigan
Julia Arthur
William J. Humphrey
Distributed byVitagraph Company of America
Release date
December 4, 1909
Running time
50 minutes (5 reels)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

It was produced by the Vitagraph Company, a leading early film studio. Relating five different events in Moses' life, it lasted five reels. It met great resistance from movie theater owners, who preferred shorter films that allowed them to change their audience much faster. Although often shown in five separate parts, the successful screening of the entire film in single sittings was influential in the gradual move away from short one or two reel films towards feature film production.[1]


Preservation status

The film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[2]


  1. Dewey pp. 134–137
  2. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection, (<-book title) p.103 c.1978 by The American Film Institute


  • Dewey, Donald. Buccaneer: James Stuart Blackton and the Birth of American Movies. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
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