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Samson and Delilah (1949)

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When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Prince Ahtur
Olive Deering ...
Miriam
Fay Holden ...
Hazelelponit
Julia Faye ...
Hisham
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Saul (as Russell Tamblyn)
William Farnum ...
Tubal
Lane Chandler ...
Teresh
Moroni Olsen ...
Targil
Francis McDonald ...
Story Teller (as Francis J. McDonald)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ...
Garmiskar (as William Davis)
John Miljan ...
Lesh Lakish
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Storyline

Though his people, the Israelites, are enslaved by the Philistines, Samson, strongest man of the tribe of Dan, falls in love with the Philistine Semadar, whom he wins by virtue of a contest of strength. But Semadar betrays him, and Samson engages in a fight with her real love, Ahtur, and his soldiers. Semadar is killed, and her sister Delilah, who had loved Samson in silence, now vows vengeance against him. She plans to seduce Samson into revealing the secret of his strength and then to betray him to the Philistine leader, the Saran. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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HISTORY'S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TREACHEROUS WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps)


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Release Date:

January 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the premiere, Cecil B. DeMille asked Groucho Marx what he thought of the film. Groucho replied, "Well, there's just one problem, C.B. No picture can hold my interest where the leading man's tits are bigger than the leading lady's." DeMille was not amused, by Marx's remark, but Victor Mature apparently was. See more »

Goofs

After Samson puts Delilah down on the stairs in the prison house and walks away from her, she is seen getting up twice. See more »

Quotes

Semadar: Why should our guests care about a stupid game of words?
Prince Ahtur: It's no game to them. It's Danite against Philistine.
Semadar: The wine has dulled their senses.
Prince Ahtur: It hasn't dulled their anger.
Semadar: You're trying to frighten me because you don't want me to marry Samson.
Prince Ahtur: I don't want you to marry Samson but... there's hatred down there at your wedding feast. They think you've joined Samson against us.
Semadar: But I haven't. Tell them I haven't.
Prince Ahtur: No. You tell them the answer to the riddle.
Semadar: But I don't know it.
Prince Ahtur: Unfortunate.
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Crazy Credits

As Samson and Delilah (1949) starts, the title is written on scroll, that is opened, to be read. The remaining opening credits, after the scroll and title, are normal. Closing credits are normal, also. See more »

Connections

Version of Sanson y Dalila (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fat Philistine Merchant
Written by Victor Young and Jesse Lasky Jr.
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Why isn't this on DVD?
22 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone know why this isn't available on a LEGAL USA "DVD"? All I've found is bootlegs and imports. Surely if Paramount can release "The Ten Commandments" and other DeMille pictures, then why not this wonderful piece of entertainment???

If it is a question of restoration, that is fine, but in this era of every type of film being on DVD, I don't understand why this movie is not among them.

I have the Paramount laserdisc version, but of course, it doesn't compare to a DVD of the same film.

Come on, Paramount, get it out!


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