The story of how the baby Moses was rescued by a Pharoah's daughter
Moses In The Bullrushes (1903)
(USA, 1903) American Mutoscope & Biograph
(1903) Gaumont British Distributors
Egypt. Pharaoh's daughter finds baby by river bank.
Source: British Film Catalog
This is altogether a remarkable subject, handled in such a high-class way as to make it an extremely appropriate subject for exhibitors who make a speciality of church and lyceum work. A river bank is shown thickly lined with rushes. Through a wandering path come Pharaoh’s daughter and her attendants. At the edge of the stream the infant Moses is found peacefully sleeping in a bed of rushes. After all the party have surveyed the infant in silent admiration the princess takes it up lovingly and after fondling it gives it to one of her women and the process then starts back through the rushes. The scene is made particularly effective by the fact that a live and kicking baby is employed and by the naturalness of the scene throughout.
Source: Biograph Bulletin
Whilst it's not known for sure, this may be a scene that survived individually from the 1897 Höritz Passion Play that included scenes from The Old Testament(including this), but because the length is different, production year is stated and the company is mentioned as Gaumont, it is here listed as an own title as most places. It is not known for sure if it was the British Gaumont or the French.