Moses leads the Israelites -with God's help- out of slavery in Egypt, through the parted red sea, to Mount Sinai, where he receives The Ten Commandments. The film ends at the point where the Israelites are about to cross into the "Promised Land" after wandering for 40 years in the desert. Moses, it is explained, has angered God and is not allowed to go. He passes on to Joshua the Ten Commandments and his other writings (which become the first five books of the Old Testament). It is not actually stated or shown onscreen, but it is presumed that Moses dies soon after.
Judith Anderson---When Was She Signed for "Commandments"?
Chicago Tribune, Saturday, March 16, 1955, pt. 3, p. 6, c. 1:LOOKING AT HOLLYWOODby Hedda HopperJudith Anderson was signed by Cecil De Mille for "The Ten Commandments." Cecil tells me he's finished writing the script after three years of work. Starts shooting in 10 days. . . ._________________________
Cornel Wilde---Was He Suppose to Star in "Commandments"?
Chicago Tribune, Saturday, May 15, 1954, s. 1, p. 16, c. 4:LOOKING AT HOLLYWOODby Hedda Hopper. . . . Looks like Cecil B. De Mille will use another of his "Greatest Show on Earth" stars in "The Ten Commandments." In addition to Charlton Heston, who plays Moses, he's talking with Cornel Wilde about the part of Joshua. Wilde had only enough time to shave off his beard after finishing his last picture before he reported to 20th Century Fox to play a Kansas City auto salesman opposite June Allyson._______________________________