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Kraft Music Hall
|Kraft Music Hall, also known as The Perry Como Show (during the years 1959 to 1963 in which
Como was the regular host) was a weekly variety show.
Steve McQueen signed a contract on April 1st 1960 to
the tune of $7500 dollars to do an appearance on the show.|
In his special appearance Steve talks to Perry about singing and dancing while waiting for Neile (his first wife) to come out of her onstage dressing room--she steps out in a tight glittery dress and asks him to "do her up". He grins and struggles with the zipper... "Zippers are murder!" then she kisses him and goes off to do her number. Perry in the meantime arranges for Steve to take some singing and dancing lessons with the shows instructors.
When later in the show an exhausted Steve is asked what he learned about singing in the last "four or five hours", he starts snapping his fingers but before he can open his mouth the instructors say "Great!" Then, when asked about dancing, he points out, "This is my left foot, and this is my right..." "By George, he's got it!" - exclaim his instructors. Steve collapses, absolutely bushed. It's taken him "hours" to learn that much!
Steve's song and dance number is set in a western saloon, with brawls, cardcheats and saloon girls. Steve is the sheriff who demands "Peace and quiet!" He twirls his gun (very slick!) and fires off a few warning shots, but when it continues to be noisy he starts shooting everyone! Arms spread, last line of the big number, he opens his mouth to belt out, "This is a quiet town," except he just mouths the words and looks very satisfied with himself. He does not sing, nor does he dance a step!
Special thanks to Donna Redden for providing information on this episode