Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah

Cecil B DeMille (1949)

U Certificate


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Scooping Oscars for its sets and costumes, this thumping epic prompted veteran American critic Pauline Kael to suggest that Cecil B DeMille considered God to be his co-director. Victor Mature stars as the biblical hero whose strength lies in the length of his hair, while Hedy Lamarr brings a gorgeous woodenness to the role of the Philistine, whose jealousy over Samson's fondness for Angela Lansbury leads to treachery. The fight with the lion is so lousy it's brilliant, while the oily villainy of George Sanders provides the only acting highlight. Mature played Samson's father in the 1984 TV-movie remake.


Hebrew warrior Samson becomes a wanted man after crossing paths with Philistine troops, but he constantly thwarts their efforts to capture him using to his incredible strength. Determined to bring him down, the Saran of Gaza makes use of his beguiling sister Delilah, who seduces Samson and manages to rob him of the source of his power. Cecil B DeMille's Oscar-winning adaptation of the biblical tale, starring Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury and Henry Wilcox.

Cast & Crew

Samson Victor Mature
Delilah Hedy Lamarr
Saran of Gaza George Sanders
Semadar Angela Lansbury
Ahtur Henry Wilcoxon
Miriam Olive Deering
Hazelelponit Fay Holden
Hisham Julia Faye
Saul Russ Tamblyn
Director Cecil B DeMille
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video