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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

For the scene in which Samson kills the lion, Victor Mature refused to wrestle a tame movie lion. Told by director Cecil B. DeMille that the lion had no teeth, Mature replied, "I don't want to be gummed to death, either." The scene shows a stunt man wrestling the tame lion, intercut with closeups of Mature wrestling a lion skin. 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

Samson: [reaching for a cluster of grapes that Semadar has held up high] A man shouldn't have to reach at his own wedding feast.
Semadar: The most desirable grapes are always out of reach.
Samson: [reaches again] Not if you reach high enough.
Prince Ahtur: [grabs the cluster of grapes from Semadar's hand] Or wait long enough.
Semadar: You waited too long, Ahtur.
Samson: For what?
Prince Ahtur: Entertainment.
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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

Referenced in The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

For To Win A Bride
Written by Victor Young and Jesse Lasky Jr.
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User Reviews

Ahh! The beauty of Mature & Lamar!
23 November 2000 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

She sure WAS a wildcat in this film! Beauty beyond compare! And Mature's 'Samson' was a sure delight (even though he was told to drop 30 lbs. for the role before filming). Biblical stories are always interesting & enjoyable if filmed in this colorful way, as was The 10 Commandments. We don't need that brown, boring type of color for 'realism'. We want beautiful color to show off those gorgeous costumes & scenery! (When it's not fake back-drops!) Anyway, see this film! It's worth whatever the video costs! Or catch it on TV!


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