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In an interview, Hal Roach stated that he, Harold Lloyd and Frank Borzage were extras in this film. This has been confirmed by a photograph from the production. Cecil B. DeMille directed a film entitled Samson and Delilah in 1949 for Paramount which starred Victor Mature and Hedy ... More Less

In an interview, Hal Roach stated that he, Harold Lloyd and Frank Borzage were extras in this film. This has been confirmed by a photograph from the production. Cecil B. DeMille directed a film entitled Samson and Delilah in 1949 for Paramount which starred Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
4 Apr 14
p. 59.
MPW
11 Apr 14
p. 274.
NYDM
25 Mar 14
p. 34.
NYDM
25 Sep 15
p. 2100.
UW
25 Apr 14
p. 13.
Variety
20 Mar 14
p. 24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 April 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Samson, an Israelite whose enormous strength is legendary, falls in love with Zorah, a Philistine, and marries her, overcoming his father Manoah's objections. At their marriage feast, Samson offers a prize for anyone who can solve his riddle, and the Philistines threaten Zorah, forcing her to reveal the answer. Samson leaves Zorah in anger, but when he returns to her, her father has already given her to another man. For revenge, Samson burns the Philistines' crops and they, in turn, burn Zorah's father's house, killing both. Samson then retires to a cave where the Philistines fight him, but he slays them all with the jawbone of an ox. Later, Samson meets and becomes fascinated with Delilah, a Philistine. She discovers that his hair is the secret of his strength and cuts it while he is asleep. After being thrown into prison, blinded, and forced to work like an animal, Samson is taken to the temple where he calls upon God to restore his strength. He pulls down the temple, killing everyone, and dies on top of Delilah's ... +


Samson, an Israelite whose enormous strength is legendary, falls in love with Zorah, a Philistine, and marries her, overcoming his father Manoah's objections. At their marriage feast, Samson offers a prize for anyone who can solve his riddle, and the Philistines threaten Zorah, forcing her to reveal the answer. Samson leaves Zorah in anger, but when he returns to her, her father has already given her to another man. For revenge, Samson burns the Philistines' crops and they, in turn, burn Zorah's father's house, killing both. Samson then retires to a cave where the Philistines fight him, but he slays them all with the jawbone of an ox. Later, Samson meets and becomes fascinated with Delilah, a Philistine. She discovers that his hair is the secret of his strength and cuts it while he is asleep. After being thrown into prison, blinded, and forced to work like an animal, Samson is taken to the temple where he calls upon God to restore his strength. He pulls down the temple, killing everyone, and dies on top of Delilah's body. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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