G.I. Blues (1960)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  23 November 1960 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tulsa McLean
Robert Ivers ...
James Douglas ...
Letícia Román ...
Tina (as Leticia Roman)
Sigrid Maier ...
Arch Johnson ...
Sgt. McGraw
Mickey Knox ...
John Hudson ...
Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker ...
Mac (as Ken Becker)
Jeremy Slate ...
Beach Dickerson ...
Trent Dolan ...
Carl Crow ...
Fred Essler ...
Papa Mueller


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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Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Café Europa  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$4,300,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming on the sky lift in Rüdesheim, director of photography Loyal Griggs fell out of a tram car, plunging thirty feet to the vineyards below, but was not seriously injured. See more »


In the opening scene when Elvis and another soldier are loading ammunition into the tank, the shells being loaded are much to large for the main tank gun, which was 90mm on the M48 tank. See more »


Lili: I have something to confess. Last night when I sat down at your table I thought 'oh oh, another one to watch out for'.
Tulsa McLean: And when you sat down I figure 'wow, now here she is. The gal I heard soooo much about.
Lili: Oh, I have a reputation?
Tulsa McLean: Yeah, but it's a good one. You're supposed to be a cold potato. A human iceberg. The original fish eye.
Lili: Oh, please. So many compliments will go to my head.
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G.I. Blues
Written by Sid Tepper & Roy C. Bennett
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Very enjoyable Presley flick
12 August 2010 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Though this movie sealed Elvis's fate as to what kind of films he'd be churning out by the dozen; it's hard not to like it.

Elvis is thoroughly charming as Tulsa, an American GI stationed in Germany. He takes part in a rather despicable bet as he claims he can "defrost" a sultry dancer (Juliet Prowse). He succeeds in charming her but, to his own surprise, also falls for her.

Well, the story's simple - but it sets the stage for some truly entertaining Presley songs and some knockout dancing by the charming Juliet Prowse who also gives a good performance. The film is energetically made and the usual Presley "possé" is fairly likable here.

There's no denying the fact that the "defrost" bet is very tasteless but Elvis's character sidesteps it quite nicely. Here Elvis plays basically the same character as in his subsequent films; a mischievous lad, wholly independent, with a surprisingly strong moral sense and prone to landing in at least one bar fight. But this is the first light-hearted Presley flick and he looks like he's enjoying himself and the songs really are top notch. "Tonight is so right for love" and "Shopping Around" are among many highlights here and it's very funny to see a guy in a bar pick "Blue Suede Shoes" on the jukebox by some rocker named Elvis Presley (and that lands him in a fight with...well, Elvis).

Although "G.I. Blues" laid the groundwork for some inferior films to come it's a very pleasant film and comes recommended to more than just hardcore Presley fans.

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