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is Cecil B. DeMille's characteristically expansive retelling of the events found in the Old Testament passages of Judges 13-16. Victor Mature plays Samson, the superstrong young Danite. Samson aspires to marry Philistine noblewoman Semadar (Angela Lansbury), but she is killed when her people attack Samson as a blood enemy. Seeking revenge, Semadar's younger sister Delilah (Hedy Lamarr) woos Samson in hopes of discovering the secret of his strength, thus enabling her to destroy him. When she learns that his source of his virility is his long hair, Delilah plies Samson with drink, then does gives him the Old Testament equivalent of a buzzcut while he snores away. She delivers the helpless Samson to the Philistines, ordering that he be put to work as a slave. Blinded and humiliated by his enemies, Samson is a sorry shell of his former self. Ultimately, Samson's hair grows back, thus setting the stage for the rousing climax wherein Samson literally brings down the house upon the wayward Philistines. Hedy Lamarr is pretty hopeless as Delilah, but Victor Mature is surprisingly good as Samson, even when mouthing such idiotic lines as "That's all right. It's only a young lion". Even better is George Sanders as The Saran of Gaza, who wisely opts to underplay his florid villainy. The spectacular climax to allows us to forget such dubious highlights as Samson's struggle with a distressing phony lion and the tedious cat-and-mouse romantic scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Moyer Best Color Art Direction 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Comer Best Color Art Direction 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Tyler Best Color Art Direction 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Color Costume Design 1950 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Barnes Best Cinematography - Color 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Barnes Best Color Cinematography 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Victor Young Best Drama or Comedy Score 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hans Dreier Best Color Art Direction 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gile Steele Best Color Costume Design 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gwen Wakeling Best Color Costume Design 1950 Winner

Cast

Hedy Lamarr
as Delilah
Victor Mature
as Samson
George Sanders
as The Saran of Gaza
Angela Lansbury
as Semadar
Henry Wilcoxon
as Ahtur
Edgar Dearing
as Tax collector
Olive Deering
as Miriam
Russ Tamblyn
as Saul
Fay Holden
as Hazeleponit
Julia Faye
as Haisham, Delilah's maid
William Farnum
as Tubal, Delilah's Father
Lane Chandler
as Teresh
Moroni Olsen
as Targif
Francis McDonald
as Story Teller
John Miljan
as Lesh Lakish
Victor Varconi
as Lord of Ashdod
Frank Wilcox
as Lord of Ekron
Russell Hicks
as Lord of Ashkelon
Boyd Davis
as First Priest
Fritz Leiber
as Lord Sharif
Davison Clark
as Merchant Prince
George Reeves
as Wounded Messenger
Pedro de Cordoba
as Bar Simon
Frank Reicher
as Village Barber
Colin Tapley
as Prince
Stanley Blystone
Margaret Field
Byron Foulger
Kenneth Gibson
as Man
Fred Graham
Charles Judels
as Danite Merchant
John Kellogg
as Spectator
Fred Kohler, Jr.
as Soldier
Bob Kortman
as Vendor
Bert Moorhouse
Karen Morley
as Woman
Hamil Petroff
as Sword Dancer
Crane Whitley
Jeff York
George Zoritch
Olive Carey
as Miriam
Mike Mazurki
as Leader of Philistine Soldiers
Dorothy Adams
as Woman
Eric Alden
as Courtier
Nils Asther
as Prince
Harry Cording
as Prince
James Craven
as Prince
Claire Du Brey
as Woman
Betty Farrington
as Woman
Al Ferguson
as Villager
Greta Granstedt
as Woman
Ed Hinton
as Makon at Feast
Crauford Kent
as Court Astrologer
Ted Mapes
as Captain Killed by Jawbone
Frank Mayo
as Master Architect
Philo McCullough
as Merchant
Charles Meredith
as High Priest
John Merton
as Assistant tax collector
John Miller
as Man with burro
Hugh Prosser
as Tax Collector
Carl Saxe
as Slave
Lester Sharpe
as Saddle maker
Tom Tyler
as Philistine Captain of Gristmill
Pierre Watkin
as Second Priest
Lloyd Whitlock
as Chief Scribe
Henry Wills
as Saran's charioteer
Harry Woods
as Gammad
Ed Hinton
as Double for Victor Mature
Ed Hinton
as Makon at Feast
Claire Du Brey
as Woman
Olive Carey
as Miriam
Bob Kortman
as Vendor
Harry Cording
as Prince
Charles Judels
as Danite Merchant
Lester Sharpe
as Saddle maker
Philo McCullough
as Merchant
Hugh Prosser
as Tax Collector
Ted Mapes
as Captain Killed by Jawbone
Crauford Kent
as Court Astrologer
Henry Wills
as Saran's charioteer
Frank Mayo
as Master Architect
Dorothy Adams
as Woman
Lloyd Whitlock
as Chief Scribe
John Merton
as Assistant tax collector
Kenneth Gibson
as Man
Betty Farrington
as Woman
John Miller
as Man with burro
Harry Woods
as Gammad
Tom Tyler
as Philistine Captain of Gristmill
Charles Meredith
as High Priest
John Kellogg
as Spectator
Fred Kohler, Jr.
as Soldier
James Craven
as Prince
Hamil Petroff
as Sword Dancer
Pierre Watkin
as Second Priest
Karen Morley
as Woman
Al Ferguson
as Villager
Carl Saxe
as Slave
Mike Mazurki
as Leader of Philistine Soldiers
Eric Alden
as Courtier
Greta Granstedt
as Woman
Nils Asther
as Prince

Crew

Cecil B. DeMille
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Producer
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Screenwriter
Harold Lamb
Screenwriter
Victor Young
Cinematographer
George Barnes
Cinematographer
Dewey Wrigley
Cinematographer
Jay Livingston
Songwriter
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Victor Young
Musical Direction/Supervision
Victor Young
Songwriter
Anne Bauchens
Editor
Walter Tyler
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Ray Moyer
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Gile Steele
Costume Designer
Gus Peters
Costume Designer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Hal Lierley
Makeup
Wally Westmore
Makeup
Bill Woods
Makeup
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