TYRONE POWER (R.I.P.)


So, i found out a couple years ago that Tyrone made this movie. He completed 75 percent of the film, then died of a heart attack during a scene. It was stated that the director filmed all the "crowd" scenes first, but had he filmed the main scenes first, Tyrone could of completed the film. Yul bryner went on to refilm all of Tyrone's scenes. Anyways, I was always a big fan of the movie anyways, but I am very curious to see Tyrone's Power's scene that he filmed for the movie. Anyone out there want to see what his scenes looked liked? This could be very similiar to richard Donner's cut of superman 2. Any thoughts?

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ciminoproductions: I saw some footage Power shot for S&S about 35 years ago, on a TV show called That's Hollywood. He was very good in what I saw -- much better than Brynner. Elsewhere on this site I've written about King Vidor's disapppointment in the way the film turned out, saying that "With Power, it would have been a marvelous picture." He thought Power understood the nuances of Solomon's character, while Brynner insisted on portraying him in a simplistic macho manner. I assume this footage still exists somewhere, unless it's disintegrated beyond recognition with age.

The only footage of Power still in the film consists of long shots where he couldn't be distinguished from Brynner, which were kept in so as to save on the costs of reshooting. One scene I believe is Power, because of his stride and bearing, is when Solomon rides up to the palace, gets out of his chariot amid a crowd and walks in, all shot from a height and in a darkened scene. I think it's in the first half hour of the film. But it's probably impossible to definitively pick out shots still showing Power from others.

I saw your reply on my other thread, about the lack of extras with Power on the DVD. Glad to know someone else agrees. Thanks.

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There are several scenes of Tyrone on YT. I felt very sad in watching them. Since filming didn't start until Sept of 1958, that gave him 2 months to live or less. I still think they could have done some re-writing and released it with Ty's scenes in it. From what I understand it didn't do well at the box office & I'm thinking Ty's passing had much to do with that.

Its hard to believe that come November it will be 55 years since his passing. Fortunately his two daughters were old enough to remember him. Taryn was 5 and remembers November 15th all too well.

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This film seems like a precursor to later films such as The Crow and Furious 7, where producers face the difficulty of replacing a lead star who has died in the midst of shooting.🐭

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