Samson and Delilah is a romantic drama film released in 1949. A massive commercial success, it became the highest-grossing film of 1950 and the third highest-grossing film ever at its release. Of its five Academy Award nominations, the film won two for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design
The production values of Samson and Delilah are of the highest quality by 1949 standards, and the film won deserved Oscars for Hans Dreier and Walter Tyler’s art direction, Sam Comer and Ray Moyer’s set decoration and Edith Head’s costumes. 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.
Victor Mature played the lead role of Samson. He was a tall and handsome actor. His presence adds realism, an honorary tribute to the ancient Danite, and makes for a convincing character. The ruler of the Philistines is played by George Sanders, who is incredible in his ‘King of the Five cities’ role. The two actors are so well-suited for the leads that it’s difficult to imagine someone else in their place. Hedy Lamarr was the most beautiful woman in films. Her ability as an actress was limited, but as a femme fatale, she was capable of bringing down a mighty warrior. The supporting players are also top-notch: George Sanders is superb as the cynical Saran, who envies and respects Samson, Angela Lansbury plays Samson’s fickle bride-to-be Semadar, and Henry Wilcoxon makes a strong impression as Samson’s jealous rival, Artur.
Victor "Samson" Mature is on a lion hunt with Hedy "Delilah" Lamarr in this scene when they charge unexpectedly into one of those hefty lions in the desert area around historic Gaza. In shooting this sequence Miss Lamarr and Mature almost decided to throw up their charmed lives as screen stars for some more prosaic but safe occupation.
As ambitious as Demille's parting of the Red Sea in "The Ten Commandments", the fight to the death between Samson and the Lion has been called one of the most spectacular scenes put on film. here in a spectacular demonstration of strength, Samson who slew thousands of Philistines for the love of "Delilah" does battle with the beast.