If not for LaMarr and Sanders, tnis would've been a ludicrous film. Sanders must've realized he was too old to play a physical brute, so he made the Saran of Gaza a witty, urbane despot. He even raises his goblet in a wry salute to Delilah as the idol crashes down on him !! LaMarr gave depth to her character beyond any of DeMille's scriptwriters' imaginations, especially in the scenes after Samson's been blinded. The camerawork during the opening minutes of the final scene, i.e. the temple scene, are noteworthy as well, since the people aren't just standing around taking up space like in many another epic, they're DOING believable things that get your attention.
It is ludicrous in the sense that the entire film is just Delilah trying to know the secret to Samson's strength. Imagine if Samson told Delilah the first time she asked. The film would have lasted 5 minutes not 90. It's the most creative use of padding ever. Arf.
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