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This DVD is fantastic in the glorious restoration that presents all the majesty and sumptuous costumes in vivid detail. Despite all the criticism levelled at this film as pure cheese camp and hokum I still have great fondness for this Cecil. DeMille masterpiece. Victor Mature fills the screen as the archetypal Samson with braggadocio ,humour and despair but the beautiful Hedy Lamarr is the true star in the film with flashing blue green eyes that twinkle with vixenish mischief or broken hearted in tears at the self torturing guilt of her part in her beloved Samson's downfall George Sanders is imperious and awe inspiring as the Saran of Gaza using his rich incisive voice beautifully and with menace also splendid is DeMille stalwart Henry Wilcoxon as the evil and jealous warrior Prince Ahtur.

The film is great as a study of a brilliant directors dedication in the twilight Add to Basket. Only 2 left in stock more on the way. The DVD is a great product and was delivered very quickly. It was exactly as described in the item description and very good value for money. Samson and Delilah []. Only 3 left in stock. Gonna keep this short cause Im terrible at reviews This is the best film I have seen in a long time and I can easily recommend it to anyone.

The quality of the bluray left me stunned. I really dont think I have seen a better picture on a bluray. Sound is fantastic too. This film is what bluray and film making in general is all about. Do yourself a favor and just buy it. Lasky Jr. Frank , is based on the biblical Book of Judges and adapted from original film treatments by Harold Lamb and Vladimir Jabotinsky. Praised upon release for its Technicolor cinematography, lead performances, costumes, sets, and innovative special effects, [5] [6] [7] the film was a box-office success.

Released in December , it was the highest-grossing film of Samson , a Danite Hebrew placed under Nazirite vows from birth by his mother Hazelelponit , is engaged to a Philistine woman named Semadar. At their wedding feast, Samson loses a bet with his wedding guests because of Semadar and attacks 30 Philistines to strip them of their cloaks to pay his betting debt.

After paying his debt, Samson searches for Semadar, only to learn that her father Tubal married her to a Philistine once Samson left the wedding to pay his debt. A fight breaks out between Samson and the Philistines, which results in the death of Semadar and Tubal. Samson becomes a hunted man, and in his fury he begins fighting the Philistines.

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The Saran of Gaza imposes heavy taxes on the Danites, with the purpose of having Samson betrayed by his own people. The Saran's plan works, and frustrated Danites hand over Samson to the Philistines, much to the joy of Delilah , Semadar's younger sister. Samson is taken by Prince Ahtur, the military governor of the land of Dan, and a regiment of Philistine troops.

En route back to Gaza, Ahtur decides to taunt Samson. Samson rips apart his chains and ropes and begins to combat the Philistines, toppling Ahtur's war chariot and using the jawbone of an ass to club the Philistine soldiers to death. News of the defeat of Ahtur at the hands of Samson reaches the Saran. The Saran ponders how to defeat Samson. Delilah comes up with the idea of seducing Samson, thus having him reveal the secret of his strength and then deliver him for punishment. Her plan works; she cuts his hair, which he feels gives him his strength.

To fully neutralize him, Samson is blinded by his captors and put to slave work, and is eventually brought to the temple of Dagon for the entertainment of the Philistines and the Saran. However, Delilah has been in love with Samson ever since his engagement with Semadar, and his blindness and torture make her feel deep remorse over her betrayal. She initially had betrayed him because she wanted to avenge the deaths of her father and sister, which she thought were caused "because of Samson. Delilah later attends the public torture of Samson wielding a whip, which she uses to guide him to the temple's main support pillars.

Once he stands between them, he tells Delilah to flee, but she remains, unseen by him, as he pushes the pillars apart. The pillars give way and the temple collapses, burying Samson, Delilah, and all the Philistines, including the court. In the end, the temple lies in rubble, and Saul and Miriam, his two closest Danite Hebrew friends, are left to mourn Samson's passing.

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Ten years later, on August 15, , DeMille publicly stated that Samson and Delilah would be his next project after Unconquered. Warm, soft, cunning. Adding to his dramatization of the biblical story, DeMille bought the rights to Samson the Nazirite published in the United States as Judge and Fool , a novel by Vladimir Jabotinsky , who portrayed Delilah as the younger sister of Samson's Philistine wife.

We changed nothing in the Bible, nothing at all. But we have done one important thing—we have given a name to the younger daughter [of Samson's father-in-law]. In the Bible she has no name. We have called her Delilah. And it was when we realized that we could do this that I knew the picture could be made. The Bible does not say Delilah was the younger sister. It introduces her much later as a woman Samson loved. But she could have been the younger sister. Jesse L. Frank completed the page script on September 7, For Delilah However, he was content with Lamarr's performance as Delilah, describing it as "more than skin-deep.

Burt Lancaster was the original choice to play Samson, but he declined due to a bad back. Phyllis Calvert was originally cast as Semadar, but she relinquished the part due to her illness. DeMille has supplied one. Kasey Rogers auditioned and was screen-tested for the role of Miriam, the Danite girl who loves Samson. Principal photography began on October 4, and ended on December 22, The film's special effects were supervised by Gordon Jennings.

Victor Mature was frightened by a number of the animals and mechanical props used in the production, including the lions, the wind machine, the swords and even the water. This infuriated DeMille, who bellowed through his megaphone at the assembled cast and crew: "I have met a few men in my time. Some have been afraid of heights, some have been afraid of water, some have been afraid of fire, some have been afraid of closed spaces.

Some have even been afraid of open spaces -- or themselves. But in all my 35 years of picture-making experience, Mr.

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Mature, I have not until now met a man who was percent yellow. Despite the renown of this iconic Biblical story depicting their battle against the Philistines, the oppressed people represented by Samson are never once referred to as "Israelites," "Hebrews" or "Jewish" people.

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They are referred to only as Danites, tribal members from the city of Dan. This omission--or avoidance--occurred in the early days of the witch hunt into Communist--often Jewish--influence when Hollywood studio chiefs were very sensitive to the fact that the film industry was generally considered to be run by Jews. For the scene in which Desmond visits DeMille at Paramount, an actual set of Samson and Delilah was reconstructed to show the director at work. Leave your name with my secretary. I may have a small part for you in my next picture. He loved it. He understood it.

He was very subtle. Samson and Delilah received its televised world premiere on December 21, , at two of New York City's Broadway theatres, the Paramount and the Rivoli, in order to "accommodate the 7,, movie-goers in the greater New York area. It was successfully re-released in November [45] following the box office triumph of Joseph E.

Levine 's Hercules. Samson and Delilah received rave reviews upon its release in Showmen's Trade Review wrote that the film "bids fair to stand as this veteran showman's most impressive and magnificent spectacle since that history-making religious epic [ The Ten Commandments ].


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DeMille has succeeded, not only in keeping the story authentic, but also in presenting it in a highly entertaining way. Its combination of spectacularity and human interest will grip the attention of all movie-goers. Variety appreciated the film's cast by writing, " Victor Mature fits neatly into the role of the handsome but dumb hulk of muscle that both the Bible and DeMille make of the Samson character. Hedy Lamarr never has been more eye-filling and makes of Delilah a convincing minx. George Sanders gives a pleasantly light flavor of satirical humor to the part of the ruler, while Henry Wilcoxon is duly rugged as the military man.

DeMille's color cameras have brilliantly pageanted Color has seldom been more lushly or unmistakably used. Film critic Leonard Maltin , in his review for Samson and Delilah , wrote: "With expected DeMille touches, this remains a tremendously entertaining film. In December , Cecil B. DeMille was awarded the Parents' Magazine Medal for "thirty-five years of devotion to research in the production of historical pictures culminating in his greatest achievement, Samson and Delilah.

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Tyler and set decorators Samuel M. DeMille Productions. In May , British moviegoers voted Hedy Lamarr 's Delilah the tenth "best screen performance by an actress.