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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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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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Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Though cast as Hedy Lamarr's older sister, Angela Lansbury was actually 10 years younger than her co-star. See more »

Goofs

Just after Delilah rings for her servant to bring dinner, the mike boom can be seen casting a shadow on the inside wall of her tent. 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 »

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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

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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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