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Director:
Writers:
Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
January 1950 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
HISTORY'S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TREACHEROUS WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hedy Lamarr ... Delilah

Victor Mature ... Samson

George Sanders ... The Saran of Gaza

Angela Lansbury ... Semadar

Henry Wilcoxon ... Ahtur
Olive Deering ... Miriam
Fay Holden ... Hazelelponit

Julia Faye ... Hisham

Russ Tamblyn ... 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
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Fat Philistine Merchant Wearing No Robe

Kasey Rogers ... Spectator (as Laura Elliot)
Victor Varconi ... Lord of Ashdod
John Parrish ... Lord of Gath

Frank Wilcox ... Lord of Ekron
Russell Hicks ... Lord of Ashkelon
Boyd Davis ... First Priest of Dagon
Fritz Leiber ... Lord Sharif

Mike Mazurki ... Leader of Philistine Soldiers
Davison Clark ... Merchant Prince

George Reeves ... Wounded Messenger
Pedro de Cordoba ... Bar Simon (as Pedro De Cordoba)

Frank Reicher ... Village Barber
Colin Tapley ... Prince
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Adams ... Screaming Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Courtier / Soldier / Guest / Spectator (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Courtier (uncredited)
Robert J. Anderson ... Boy (uncredited)
Sugarfoot Anderson ... Slave Fanning Royal Couple (uncredited)
Carl Andre ... Spectator (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... (uncredited)
Vaughn Anthony ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Vendor (uncredited)

Nils Asther ... Prince (uncredited)
Jerry Austin ... Jester (uncredited)
Kay Bell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Gristmill Overseer (uncredited)
Wanda Jay Bieber ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wilda Bieber ... Dancer (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... (uncredited)
David Bond ... (uncredited)
Raymond Bond ... (uncredited)
Betty Boyd ... (uncredited)
Albert A. Cavigga ... Soldier (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Victim (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Mill Slave (uncredited)
Jack Clifford ... Victim (uncredited)
Edward Coch Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Rus Conklin ... Guest / Big Soldier (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Prince (uncredited)
Delmar Costello ... Slave (uncredited)
James Craven ... Prince (uncredited)
Fairy Cunningham ... Girl (uncredited)
Isabel Cushin ... Girl (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... (uncredited)
Charles Dayton ... Midget at Arena (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Tax Collector (uncredited)

Cecil B. DeMille ... Narrator (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Priest (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Victim (uncredited)
Allan Douglas ... Courtier (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Soldier / Spieler (uncredited)
Rosemary Dvorak ... Lady (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Spectator (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Lord (uncredited)
Fernanda Eliscu ... Herdswoman (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Manoah (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Villager (uncredited)
Margaret Field ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Priest (uncredited)
Dick Foote ... Soldier at Temple (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... (uncredited)
Howard Gardiner ... Priest (uncredited)
Gene Gary ... Prince in Box (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Priest (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Gristmill Guard (uncredited)
Michael Hall ... Prince (uncredited)
William Hall ... Philistine Captain (uncredited)
John Halloran ... Tax Collector (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Captain (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Master of Exchequer (uncredited)
Weldon Heyburn ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Makon (uncredited)
Wesley Hopper ... Priest (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. ... Prince (uncredited)
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Merchant (uncredited)
T. Arthur Hughes ... Brawny Porter (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Herdsman (uncredited)
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Gary Lee Jackson ... Boy (uncredited)
Miriam Jaye ... Woman in Box (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Danite Merchant (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Wide-Eyed Girl (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Court Astrologer in Council Chambers (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Young Herdsman (uncredited)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Soldier at Temple (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Vendor (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Tax Collector (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jackie the Lion ... Lion (uncredited)
Leota Lorraine ... Merchant's Wife (uncredited)
Charles Lunard ... Temple Dancer (uncredited)
Leoncio Madero ... Pottery Worker (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Courtier / Soldier (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Captain Killed with Jawbone (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Master Architect (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Merchant (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon ... Charioteer (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... High Priest of Dagon (uncredited)
John Merton ... Assistant Tax Collector (uncredited)
Gertrude Messinger ... (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Man with Burro (uncredited)
Joyce Miller ... Guest (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Spectator at Temple (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ... Soldier (uncredited)
Karen Morley ... (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... (uncredited)
Joel Nestler ... Boy (uncredited)
John Northpole ... Beggar (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Gnarled Worker (uncredited)
Hamil Petroff ... Sword-Dancer (uncredited)
Crissy Ellen Pickup ... Girl (uncredited)
Marjorie Pragon ... Snake-Dancer (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Tax Collector (uncredited)
Sally Rawlinson ... Guest (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Guide (uncredited)
Keith Richards ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Bergam (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Midget at Arena (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Slave (uncredited)
Paul Scardon ... Beggar (uncredited)
Ynez Seabury ... (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Saddlemaker (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Courtier (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... Soldier (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Priest (uncredited)
Erica Strong ... Rich Girl in Rear of Box (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Tax Collector (uncredited)
Harry Templeton ... Priest / Soldier (uncredited)
Larry Thompson ... Victim (uncredited)
Mort Thompson ... Spectator (uncredited)
Tom Tyler ... Gristmill Captain (uncredited)
Brahm van den Berg ... Temple Dancer (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... 2nd Priest of Dagon (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Chief Scribe in Council Chambers (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Saran's Charioteer (uncredited)
Ward Wood ... (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Gammad (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Temple Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Zendar ... Soldier / Spectator (uncredited)
Grace Ziebarth ... Chief Dancer (uncredited)

George Zoritch ... Sword-Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
 
Writing credits
Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.) &
Fredric M. Frank (screenplay)

Harold Lamb  original treatment &
Vladimir Jabotinsky  treatment

Vladimir Jabotinsky  novel "Judge and Fool, aka Samson the Nazarite, Samson & Prelude to Delilah" (uncredited)

Produced by
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens 
 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont (uncredited)
Joe Egli (uncredited)
Bill Greenwald (uncredited)
Tish Morgan (uncredited)
Edward R. Morse (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
John Meehan (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Maurice Goodman (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Dorothy Jeakins 
Elois Jenssen  (as Elois W. Jenssen)
Gile Steele 
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Doris Clifford .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Elaine Ramsey .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist: Hedy Lamarr (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Russ Brown .... production manager (uncredited)
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Richard Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
Don Robb .... assistant production manager: second unit (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Salven .... assistant director
Francisco Day .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gordon Jennings .... third unit director (uncredited)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director (uncredited)
James A. Rosenberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gordon Cole .... props (uncredited)
Dwight Franklin .... illustrator (uncredited)
Dan Sayre Groesback .... illustrator (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Senter .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Dwight Thompson .... props (uncredited)
Joe Thompson .... props (uncredited)
Dick Webb .... property shop manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
M.A. Boyce .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Herman Lewis .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Harold V. McKenzie .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Devereaux Jennings .... special photographic effects (as Devereux Jennings)
Gordon Jennings .... director of photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley .... process photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Jan Domela .... matte artist (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... effects camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Carl Andre .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunt double: Victor Mature (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Ed Hinton .... stunt double: fight sequences (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Mel Koontz .... stunt double: lion-fighting sequence (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Zendar .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dewey Wrigley .... photographer: holy land
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Soldier Graham .... electrician (uncredited)
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Hill .... camera technician (uncredited)
Harry Marsh .... camera operator (uncredited)
Lorne Netten .... electrician (uncredited)
Gus Peters .... grip (uncredited)
G.E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... camera technician (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Buck Walters .... grip (uncredited)
John F. Warren .... camera operator (uncredited)
Murray Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costumes
Dorothy Jeakins .... costumes
Elois Jenssen .... costumes (as Elois W. Jenssen)
Gile Steele .... costumes
Gwen Wakeling .... costumes
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
George Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Julie Cockerill .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Frank Richardson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Lloyd Ritchie .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Edna Shotwell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Frank Tait .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Roger J. Weinberg .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Pat Williams .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gladys Carley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Victor Young .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... associate technicolor color director
Francis Dawson .... dialogue supervisor (as Frances Dawson)
Ralph Jester .... unit director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Theodore Kosloff .... choreographer
Henry Noerdlinger .... researcher
Gladys Percey .... researcher
Arthur Rosson .... unit director
James Vincent .... dialogue supervisor
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Kay Bell .... double: Victor Mature (uncredited)
Roy Burns .... business manager (uncredited)
Joseph Davies .... physical trainer: Victor Mature (uncredited)
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant business manager (uncredited)
Bill Hurley .... horseman (uncredited)
Phil Koury .... publicist (uncredited)
Sylvia Lamarr .... stand-in for Hedy Lamarr (uncredited)
Bill Shanks .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
131 min | Argentina:134 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was in post-production when Sunset Blvd. (1950) was being shot at Paramount. In a scene where Gloria Swanson's character Norma Desmond visits a Paramount sound stage to see Cecil B. DeMille, the set of Delilah's tent in the Valley of Sorek was reassembled to show the director working. Henry Wilcoxon, Julia Faye and others in costumes are seen shaking hands with Norma Desmond.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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:
Targil:[about Samson's riddle] That scurvy riddle has no answer.
Delilah:Every riddle has an answer, only you are all to stupid to find it.
Gammad:Find it? Where?
Delilah:[pours wine into Gammad's cup] Not in your wine cup, Gammad.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Fat Philistine MerchantSee more »

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34 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Still worth looking at, 15 March 2003
Author: (hepsut2@webtv.net) from USA

Yeah...so some people may think it's corny and outdated. However, there is something about this movie, in spite of some of the poorer technical gimmicks...yet I still love it. I think that Lamarr does a great job as Delilah and don't understand why some think otherwise.I think she is/was the perfect Delilah..and Mature did a great job as Samson. Sanders was really terrific in his role and Lansbury carried out her part very well also. Call it what you will..but I find it is still worth watching; the color, costumes, Samson knocking down the Temple.. (love that scene!Good special effects for the time.) Whatever it is..I find myself watching it every now and then and still enjoy it as much as when I first saw it..

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