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On an odd station on CATV: "Solomon and Sheba" starring Yul Brynner ---

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  • Dale A. Wood
      On an odd station on CATV: Solomon and Sheba (December 1959) starring Yul Brynner -- with loads of hair on the top of his head.   [Oddly, this movie was
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2011
      On an odd station on CATV: Solomon and Sheba (December 1959) starring Yul Brynner -- with loads of hair on the top of his head.
      [Oddly, this movie was made after Brynner had already starred in The King and I and The Magnificent Seven, slick bald, before he made this movie.]
      The only other well-know star in this movie was Gina Lollobrigida, as the Queen of Sheba, of course. 
      Mr. Brynner was born in Vladivostok of mostly Russian & Swiss ancestry. His father was a railroad engineer, which was what took him all the way east to the Pacific Coast of Russia**.  
      Brynner was born in 1920 and he died in 1985. 
      He died on the same day that Orson Welles died. 
      Oddly, his first credit in www.ImdB.com is for a "TV series" made in 1944. Odd, odd, because in 1944 I do not think that anyone was making TV series. I don't think that anyone was broadcasting TV in 1942 - 45, either, not even in New York City, Chicago, and Schenectady, because of World War II.  
      Perhaps in quite late 1945, and definitely in 1946, TV broadcasting began again in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, and in fact, Harry Truman's "State of the Union" address was telecast from Capitol Hill early in 1946 - the first one to ever be telecast live. (Maybe films of Pres. Roosevelt had been shown before.)
      Tyrone Power (1914 - 58) was originally chosen to play the role of Solomon. He had begun the filming, but during a sword-fighting scene in November 1958, Mr. Power had a heart attack, and he died before they could even get him to a hospital. (He was DOA.) 
      This was practically two years before Clark Gable died of a heart attack in November 1960. 
      A minor character in Solomon and Sheba was named "Baltor". Baltor, Baltor -->> "Baltar", the despicable devil in Battlestar Galactica, played by John Colicios ! 
      **When the Trans-Siberian Railroad was first built, it took a shortcut across northern Manchuria - with the permission of the Chinese Empire. I don't know exactly when the Russians or the Soviets built the railroad farther north that bypassed Manchuria, and then proceeded southwards to Vladivostok, but there was lots of railroad work to be done in the Far East.
      Later on, the brutal, bloodthirsty Josef Stalin used a lot of slave labor by political prisoners (zeks), etc., to double-track the railroad from the Ural Mountains (or farther east) all the way to Vladivostok. Stalin also forced through the tracks that went around the southern end of Lake Bayikal -- hence keeping the Soviets from having to ferry the trains across that huge lake every summer. 
      Then, every winter when that lake froze over, and the ice got thick enough, the zeks had to lay railroad tracks across the ice and maintain it as long as they could.     
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