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Sedate And Wild

Ann-Margret does a special

Ann-Margret made her first U.S. television appearance back in 1961 on The Jack Benny Show. Now, some seven-plus years later, Mr. Benny will reciprocate by showing up on the entertainer's first TV special of her own, "The Ann-Margret Show" (to be seen Dec. 1 on CBS). Aside from her guests - Bob Hope and Danny Thomas are j the other two leading men- i the show will feature some of the beauty's acts from her acclaimed Las Vegas nightclub appearances, which run the gamut from nice and serene to quite boisterous.

As can be seen at left, the young lady can settle down, look thoroughly pristine and sing a quiet song. On the other hand (right, to be exact) she can be pretty much the wildcat type, all claws and mane and ! teeth and white leather. This particular incarnation and outfit is for one of the Las Vegas acts - perhaps the most spectacular - which is choreographed around her, a number of young men and a bunch of motorcycles. As can" be seen in the picture on the next pages, the scene is kind of scary, with the girl in white on a big British bike leading a small horde of guys in black on not-so-little Japanese bikes.

Another lavish production number is a spoof of the old Thirties musical spectacular, with Ann-Margret portraying a Ruby Keeler type, Benny appearing on "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," and the whole melange ending up in a gloriously whoopee, Busby Berkeley-style extravaganza, replete with top hats, tails, tap-dancing on flights of stairs - all to the tune of "Singin' in the Rain." It's not all beer and skittles, though. The quiet moments are there too. Ann-Margret duets with Hope on the Beaties' "With a Little Help from My Friends," sings a few solo little ditties like "All of You," and "By Myself," and finally gets down to the real essence of quietude with a Swedish lullaby called "Violer Til Mor," as a montage of pictures of her homeland (she's Swedish) flash across the screen. A very mixed bag, indeed.

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