Samson and Delilah

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In Brief: Cecil B. DeMille's historical epics are an acquired taste in my book, but even those with accepting palates may find Samson and Delilah (1949) hard to swallow. Despite its (mostly) remarkable cast and suitably grandiose scale, it's perhaps the most forgettable of DeMille's biblical films. Sure, Hedy Lamar looks gorgeous and George Sanders gets to be sleazy, but then there's Victor Mature. ... I'm not sure if he ever did so in writing, but in casual conversation Andrew Sarris frequently referred to Mature as "Victor Manure" — see this film if you want to know why.
Genre: Biblical Epic
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Starring: Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Olive Deering, Russ Tamblyn, Henry Wilcoxon
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show Samson and Delilah on Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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