Samson and Delilah, 1949

Like a rural carnival in 1949, this movie has creepy and disturbing elements under the surface. Samson and Delilah is mostly faithful to the Biblical narrative in that it doesn’t leave anything out, though inevitably quite a bit of material is added. There are good moments, and some good acting. Young Angela Lansbury is Delilah’s sister. George Sanders does fine work as King of the Philistines. In some ways his character is the most engaging.

The movie was hard to get. Though popular in 1950, it seems not to be today, and few libraries around here keep a copy.

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