Samson and Delilah
- 2 hr 8 min
Cecil B. Demille's lavish 1949 retelling of the story of biblical strongman Samson is one for the ages and has something for everyone: spectacular sets and costumes, over-the-top dialogue, action and sex (at least by 1949 standards), a stellar cast that includes George Sanders and Angela Landsbury and a smoldering love story perfectly captured by Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr. Victor Mature as Samson hits all the right poses as he counts down his list of famous feats of strength including his battle with a hungry lion, his jawbone-of-an-ass-whipping of a thousand Philistine soldiers and finally the creme-del-la-creme as he topples the pillars of the pagan temple to which he is chained and takes the entire Philistine contingent including Delilah down with him. Along the way he becomes a mere mortal thanks to Delilah's evil charms. Earning an estimated 12 million dollars at the box office's (it was the year's top money-maker) and capping its success with two Oscar wins, Samson and Delilah was the type of vehicle that Cecil B. Demille was best at.