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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 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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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

Victor Mature won the role of Samson over Burt Lancaster, who had a bad back and was considered too young. Henry Wilcoxon was considered, but thought to be too old. 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

Tubal: Your rich gifts rob me of words, Ahtur.
Prince Ahtur: They'll rob you of a daughter, Tubal, and enrich me with a wife.
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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

Featured in History Brought to Life (1950) See more »

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The Fat Philistine Merchant
Written by Victor Young and Jesse Lasky Jr.
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User Reviews

Lamarr = Beauty
4 April 2001 | by (Aversa, Italy) – See all my reviews

This film is a must for everyone who loves Technicolor, great actors and great movies. Mature is a wonderful Samson but Hedy Lamarr is the definitive incarnation of beauty. She is also a very good actress and directed by De Mille gets her screen triumph. Watch this over and over again and you'll not be tired.


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