This dazzling biblical epic, based on the Old Testament story of the legendary strongman and the treacherous woman who betrayed him, became an instant classic in the "only by DeMille" tradition. Victor Mature stars as Samson, a proud and strong slave who gallantly fights for the love of a beautiful Philistine (Angela Lansbury). In a spectacular sequence, the rippling Samson fights a lion with his bare hands in order to gain the woman's hand in marriage as her sister, Delilah (Heddy Lamar), jealously looks on. On the evening of their wedding feast a battle erupts between Samson and jealous Philistines, tragically killing the young bride. Shattered, Samson declares vengeance on the Philistines as Delilah vows to avenge her sister's death. Samson becomes a legendary fighter of superhuman strength, unbeatable by even the greatest Philistine warriors. Only one thing can stop him--the love of a beautiful woman. DeMille creates a sumptuous oasis of Hollywood glamour in which Delilah and Samson swoon in this romantic epic that recalls the finery and splendid overblown production values of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's legendary CLEOPATRA. DeMille's passion for disaster is vividly employed in the stone-shattering climax. The film also features eye-popping costume creations from legendary designer Edith Head.
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color) Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
Cecil B. DeMille - American Director/Producer, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)
Cecil Blount DeMille - American Director/Producer, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)
Julia Faye - Actress/Silents Thru 50s
Fredric M. Frank - American Screenwriter
Fay Holden - British actress
Dewey Wrigley - Photography\"Samson &..."
Angela Lansbury - American Film and Television Actress, MURDER, SHE WROTE
Hedy Lamarr - Actress/International
Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler - Actress/International
Hedy Kiesler - Actress/International
Colin Tapley - Star from New Zealand, mid '30s-late '60s, BECKY SHARP
Anne Bauchens - Editor
Olive Deering - Supporting Actress
Vladimir Jabotinsky - Writer\"Samson & Delilah"
Jesse Lasky Jr.
George Sanders - Oscar-winning actor, ALL ABOUT EVE
Edith Head - Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
Hans Dreier - Production Designer
Victor Young - Score Composer - "Three Coins in the Fountain"
Victor Mature - American Actor
Henry Wilcoxon - British Actor, producer
Harold Lamb - American Screenwriter
Walter Tyler - Art Director
In Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 classic based on the Old Testament Book of Judges story, strongman Samson, who loved one Philistine woman, is ultimately betrayed by another. Academy Award Nominations: 5. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best (Black-and-White) Costume Design.