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Release Date:
January 1950 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
HISTORY'S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND TREACHEROUS WOMAN! (original print ad - all caps)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Ahh! The beauty of Mature & Lamar! See more (59 total) »

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 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
Bud Brill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
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
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
It took two tries to bring down the Temple of Dagon in the film's climactic sequence. During the first time, some of the dynamite charges in the miniature temple failed to go off on schedule. The temple (about one-third full size) had to be rebuilt, and the second attempt was more successful. Footage from both tries can be seen in the completed film: when the statue of Dagon starts to fall, there is a cut to the Saran saying "Delilah," then a cut back to a long shot of the statue hitting the ground, but at a slightly different angle from that of the previous shot.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): A boy in Samson's village is named "Saul." Samson hints or predicts that one day he will be king of Israel. The script states repeatedly that Samson was a "Danite" (member of the Tribe of Dan). The Bible states King Saul was a member of the Tribe of Benjamin and grew up near Jerusalem (not in Dan's territory).See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Fargo: Loplop (#2.8)" (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Fat Philistine MerchantSee more »

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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Ahh! The beauty of Mature & Lamar!, 23 November 2000
Author: Dianna Trent from NJ

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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