Mooning Over Samson: The 1949 “Samson and Delilah”

The fight with the lion and the final annihilation of the Philistines wrought by Samson between the pillars are dandy scenes in Cecile B. DeMille‘s Samson and Delilah (1949).  And if you want sensuality, mostly that of Hedy Lamarr (Delilah), that’s there too.

But there are bad scenes to boot, such as the one where Delilah laughably vows to avenge herself on big Samson (Victor Mature) as the Philistine fields burn.  In point of fact, the lady’s will to get even is unconvincing, unlikely.  She so loves and moons over Samson this doesn’t make much sense.  The screenplay here isn’t as well written as that of DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.  Expectably, Delilah is given a much bigger part in the film than she is in the Old Testament account—a stranger and grittier story than this.   

English: Samson and Delilah, Guercino, 1654, o...

English: Samson and Delilah, Guercino, 1654, oil on canvas. Access number 316. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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