Samson and Delilah
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Samson and Delilah is Cecil B. DeMille's characteristically expansive retelling of the events found in the Old Testament passages of Judges 13-16. Victor Mature plays Samson, the superstrong young Danite. Samson aspires to marry Philistine noblewoman Semadar (Angela Lansbury), but she is killed when her people attack Samson as a blood enemy. Seeking revenge, Semadar's younger sister Delilah (Hedy Lamarr) woos Samson in hopes of discovering the secret of his strength, thus enabling her to destroy him. When she learns that his source of his virility is his long hair, Delilah plies Samson… More

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"Cecil B. DeMille has again dipped into the Bible for his material, made appropriately dramatic revisions in the original, and turned up with a DeMille-size smash."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film cannot avoid the broad contours of Samson's story, of course, but it does tweak things in ways that make Samson look a little more heroic."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"Was once best described by the film critic Dilys Powell as the only epic film in which the hero had bigger tits than the heroine."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wonderfully chintzy and hokey Bible epic once described as the only film in which the hero had bigger tits than the heroine."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Here DeMille, the master of the crowd scene, is in top form managing thousands of extras, particularly in the savage battle scenes in which Samson destroys the Philistine army with the jawbone of an ass."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Most entertainment is gained from watching Mature going through the painful process of emoting, which is rather like watching an overlarge ham hock attempt to break out into a broad grin."
‑ , Film4
"If you'll settle for gold-plated pageants, for muscular episodes and for graphic inducements to wolf-whistling, then "Samson and Delilah" is for you."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Lavishly produced, this Oscar nominated epic is a good example of DeMille's type of spectacles."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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