Samson and Delilah (1950): Historical Kitsch from Cecil B. DeMille Starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr

Paramount (Cecil B. DeMille Production)

Scripted by Jesse L. Lasky and Fredric M. Frank, Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah is a vulgar, historical kitsch done with the spectacular grandeur associated with this filmmaker.

Starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr, ┬áthis biblical epic was a smash hit when released, December 22, 1949, occupying the year’s third position as top-grosser.

Oscar Alert

Oscar Nominations: 5

Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): Hans Dreier and Wlater Tyler; Sam Comer and Ray Moyer
Cinematography (color): George Barnes
Costume Design (color): Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Elois Jenessen, Gile Steele, and Gwen Wakeling
Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Victor Young
Special Effects

Oscar Awards: 2