Behind-the-Scenes

Tyrone Power, Gina Lollobrigida and director King Vidor discuss a scene during the filming of SOLOMON & SHEBA (1959).

Power would have been such a great Solomon but he died during production and Yul Brynner replaced him.

3 comments:

Scott Ochiltree said...

This film received indifferent to somewhat critical reviews, but was a box office success.

Some critics felt that Tyrone Power would have made a better conflicted King Solomon than Yul Brynner, who was criticized for playing the role with too much self assurance.

The movie is best known today for an orgy scene featuring Gina. Although there was no nudity due to the Code, it was pretty sexy by the standards of the time.

Tyrone Power still appears in some of the long distance shots, where his is a very small figure.

Anonymous said...

Tyrone Power is my favorite actor of all time but I feel he already looked too old for the part. Brynner was excellent in the film and Gina was never more beautiful. When the film came out it was cut from the roadshow performances to second run by about 20 minutes. Most of the sexy stuff was eliminated.

Richard Svensson said...

A very sad production history! I like the film with Brunner, but it would've been interesting to see Power in the role. They're both charismatic actors, but in very different ways.