Release date: Dec 24, 1959
Solomon and Sheba began filming in Madrid, Spain, in the fall of 1958. It was a big-budget motion picture, anticipated to be a screen spectatuclar, in the vein of Ben Hur.
Gina Lollobrigida, Italian screen goddess, was his leading lady. They got along very well, as Ty so often did with those with whom he worked. According to some sources, the two of them had plans to do another movie together. Of course, the plans were never realized, due to Ty's untimely death.
The film shoot was stressful, but it was now about seventy-five percent complete. November 15, 1958, was a particularly difficult day. Ty and George Sanders were in the process of filming a duelling scene. The scene required retake upon retake, and Tyrone collapsed on the set, stricken with a massive heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital but died on the way.
The cast and crew of Solomon and Sheba were stunned by their star's sudden death. Production was suspended for a few weeks. When it resumed, Yul Brynner took over the role of Solomon, and all the scenes that had been filmed with Tyrone Power were re-shot, though some distant shots and back shots filmed with Ty were salvaged and used in the final print.
Noel Purcell was to
have performed the role of King David. Following Ty's death, however, he was replaced in the film by Finlay Curray.