My only prior exposure to the story of Samson and Delilah was through the Neil Sedaka song “Run, Samson, Run”, so most of my time was spent making the video included above. While Sedaka and Demille, both make Delilah out to be evil at the start, they both end up showing some sympathy for her. Sedaka in concluding that Delilah is a hyper version of what you can find in any woman. Demille in showing us her misguided love and allowing her to redeem herself at the end.
Victor Mature does a good job at playing the biblical, but flawed Samson, who is lead astray as much by his own actions as those of Delilah. Hedy Lamarr takes Delilah and makes her into an irresistible femme fatale, but without flattening her character into a two-dimensional warning for men. The film feels real even with Demille’s use of color and penchant for the sin in the biblical tale.
Very satisfying and easily the best Hedy Lamarr performance I have ever seen. I highly recommend it.