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G.I. Blues (1960)

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

Director:

Norman Taurog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Tulsa McLean
Juliet Prowse ... Lili
Robert Ivers ... Cookie
James Douglas James Douglas ... Rick
Letícia Román ... Tina (as Leticia Roman)
Sigrid Maier Sigrid Maier ... Marla
Arch Johnson ... Sgt. McGraw
Mickey Knox ... Jeeter
John Hudson ... Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker Kenneth Becker ... Mac (as Ken Becker)
Jeremy Slate ... Turk
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Warren
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Mickey
Carl Crow Carl Crow ... Walt
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Papa Mueller
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Storyline

Tulsa is a specialist in the US Army stationed in Germany. He loves to sing and has dreams to run his own nightclub when he leaves the army....but dreams don't come cheap. Tulsa places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can spend the night with a club dancer named Lili, who is rumored to be hard to get. When Dynamite gets transferred, Tulsa is brought in to take his place. He is not looking forward to it, but in order to keep his money, he must go through with it. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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ELVIS AS THE GAY, SINGING SENSATION...TOAST OF THE WORLD'S GIRLS...ENVY OF EVERY MAN IN THE ARMY! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Café Europa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ursula Andress tested for the role of Lili which eventually went to Juliet Prowse. Also May Britt and Elke Sommer were considered for the role. See more »

Goofs

In the shower scene, all shown waist up naked, besides a sergeant showering along with enlisted men, when focusing on him after Elvis takes his soap, sergeant is shown putting his hands down towards his waist, in a sort of pulling up shorts gesture - despite, all being supposedly, presumably naked for proper showering ablutions. See more »

Quotes

Tulsa McLean: [about the baby] I think he's getting ready to bust loose again.
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Crazy Credits

After the opening credits: Produced with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense See more »

Alternate Versions

Because of copyright problems, in the European version of the movie the song "Tonight Is So Right For Love" (by Sid Wayne and Abner Silver) which was based on the melody of "Bacarolle" by Jaques Offenbach, was substituted with "Tonight's All Right For Love" (by Wayne, Silver and Joe Lilley), which had similar lyrics but was based on the melody of "Tales From The Vienna Woods" by Johann Strauss. See more »

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Referenced in Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankfort Special
Written by Sid Wayne & Sherman Edwards
Performed by Elvis Presley
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A million miles away from the great King Creole.
3 November 2016 | by HarryLagsSee all my reviews

GI Blues was Elvis' first post-army flick, and is a million miles away from the great King Creole film. That is not to say that this is a bad film but it's not great either.

Although not one of his best in my opinion and kind of slow moving, it's still an easy going musical romp that features some nice tunes, good acting and the beautiful Juliet Prowse. The production settings are okay as well as the cast and music, including songs like GI Blues, Shopping Around and the delightful 'WOODEN HEART' as the world famous standout hit, But apart from that, not one of my favorites.

Conclusion - Although i'm a big Elvis fan, i never did like this movie much, but maybe you might, so it's still worth checking out if you like Elvis though. Rated this 6/10


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