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Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah

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Samson and Delilah  Though his people, the Israelites, are enslaved by the Philistines, Samson (Victor Mature), strongest man of the tribe of Dan, falls in love with the Philistine Semadar (Dame Angela Lansbury), whom he wins by virtue of a contest of strength. But Semadar betrays him, and Samson engages in a fight with her real love, Ahtur (Henry Wilcoxon), and his soldiers. Semadar is killed, and her sister Delilah (Hedy Lamarr), who had loved Samson in silence, now vows vengeance against him. She plans to seduce Samson into revealing the secret of his strength and then to betray him to the Philistine leader, The Saran of Gaza (George Sanders).

Lamarr’s beauty took audience’s breath away…

Samson and Delilah  Hedy Lamarr took the title role of Delilah and made it her own… She was full and sparkling as the Philistine temptress, the central figure of Samson’s last love story, dark and troubled when she took advantage of Samson’s confidence to betray him to his enemies, repent and full of love when she sees him blinded and disgraced… Her name has since become synonymous with a voluptuous treacherous woman…

Victor Mature was a mighty, troubled Samson, beset by conflicting emotions, totally dominated by a pagan woman… He teases with her, perhaps showing some smarts here for a change… He falls victim to his enemies through the love of Delilah, a sophisticated beauty with innate elegance, who beguiles him into revealing the secret of his strength… His performance was always up to the standard of Lamarr… Together, they acted with wonderful passion and were as convincing dramatically as long-suffering Hebrews as they were Philistines drunk with victory… Samson and DelilahGeorge Sanders, whose dignified presence was a perfect match for the Saran of Gaza, admires Samson for his strength, and envies him for the love of his people… He persuades Delilah to find out what is the source of Samson’s strength so they can destroy him…

Samson and Delilah is a film of emotion, of love, and action… It is at once a wonderful, and rich historical look at an ancient era, an excuse for beautiful and passionate music, and a thrilling climax hardly rivaled in its size and lavishness… The film is wonderful to look at, and the music is terrific…

Look for Russ Tamblyn playing the little shepherd Saul..

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