|The visit to Houston was also
documented by the Houston Chronicle newspaper and remembered in a 1988
article by Jeff Millar which is available here. The
photos below highlight Steve McQueen
(signing autographs, being interviewed, etc.) aboard the USS Texas.
Unfortunately the scenes filmed
aboard the USS Texas were deleted from the final print although they
were shown prior to the movie at the Houston premiere. These scenes are
lost although a few reels may have survived. One story goes that Robert
Wise felt so bad for an actor/friend whose part was cut from the film
that he gave him a reel of these deleted scenes as a gift. Perhaps
reels exist in some dusty vault or closet somewhere.