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Samson and Delilah -- The glorious epic style of Cecil B. DeMille is exemplified in this story of the Bible's legendary strongman and the woman who seduces, then betrays him.


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January 1950 (USA) See more »
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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  (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 Rube 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)
Tyra Vaughn ... Temple Spectator (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)
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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Also Known As:
"Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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131 min | Argentina:134 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
[first lines]
Narrator:Before the dawn of history, ever since the first man discovered his soul, he has struggled against the forces that sought to enslave him. He saw the awful power of nature rage against him. The evil eye of the lightning... The terrifying voice of the thunder...
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Featured in Sam's Son (1984)See more »
The Fat Philistine MerchantSee more »


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35 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Engrossing, vivid,absorbing and a tribute to the Old Testament, 18 June 1999
Author: Charles Schwartzbard97 from Clifton, NJ

In 1949, I was 11years old and saw it in NYC when it was first released. My aunt Ethel, may she rest in peace, took me during Christmas vacation. I was mesmerized by it which led me to check out the story in that Chapter of the O.T. called Judges. And I remember being asked by my 6th or 7th grade teacher to do an oral report about the film before the class. I found it a bit awkward to discuss the idea of seduction at that time especially when I heard the pubescent girls giggling. At any rate I did make that report and remember displaying the book I had bought about the film right at the theater. I estimate from age 11 to 14, I saw the film a dozen times and I'm not kidding. In my adulthood, I saw it once on free TV and rented it once for kicks. Quite honestly, I never saw a more beautiful woman than Hedy in that role. And Victor was perfect thanks to his countenance and physique. After seeing it first and then reading the story in the O.T. I came to the conclusion that the film certainly was factual and illuminating. The bible came alive thanks to the genius of Cecil B.DeMille. The special effects were brilliant, way ahead of its time. What I especially loved about this film was the haunting score by Victor Young and I do remember going out to buy it on 78 rpm disks. And I do have the radio program on cassette, "Lux Presents Hollywood-Samson and Delilah starring Mature and Lamarr. That last scene will always stick in my mind as Samson, standing blind between the two main pillars of the Temple of Dagon, the Phillistine God,called on Jehovah to give him the strength to crush his enemies and WHAT A SCENE FOLLOWED. Good heavens, DeMille was indeed a GENIUS! I recommend the film to EVERYONE because of the amazing story, color

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