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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.

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Cast

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Cookie
James Douglas ...
Rick
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Tina (as Leticia Roman)
Sigrid Maier ...
Marla
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Sgt. McGraw
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Jeeter
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Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker ...
Mac (as Ken Becker)
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Turk
Beach Dickerson ...
Warren
Trent Dolan ...
Mickey
Carl Crow ...
Walt
Fred Essler ...
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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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Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Café Europa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,300,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carleton Carpenter was originally cast as Cookie but was replaced by Robert Ivers. See more »

Goofs

When leaving the Cafe Europa, Tulsa stands half a head taller than Lili. In actuality Elvis was only a half inch taller than Juliet Prowse's 5'11". See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

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Pocketful Of Rainbows
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Elvis Is Fresh
19 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Back in Hollywood, after a two-year stint in the US army, Elvis Presley (as Tulsa McLean) is a stationed-in-Germany singing soldier out to bed sexy dancer Juliet Prowse (as Lili). This tailor-made film set the standard for the successful "ELVIS" movie. Presley spent the 1960s swinging and singing through "Top Ten" box office and record charts. "G.I Blues" propelled Elvis back into Quigley Publications "Box Office" ten most profitable movie stars, where he stayed through 1966. The RCA soundtrack went platinum, and was #1 for ten of its amazing 111 weeks on the LP chart. RCA planned no 45 RPM singles (which helped album sales), but "Wooden Heart" and "G.I. Blues" became hits anyway.

Unfortunately, the musical's trend-setting success overshadowed Presley's superior studio recordings from the time (listen to "Elvis Is Back!"). Also note, the re-recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" is a pale imitation of the 1956 original. So, a creative cancer was being forged. But, it's not fair to fault "G.I. Blues" for the sight and sound of Elvis Presley singing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" in "Double Trouble" (1967). And, although everyone (including Presley) longed for him to be a great dramatic actor, he shows up in "G.I. Blues" as a charming and natural light performer. Herein, Presley introduces many of the playful mannerisms used throughout the remainder of his career, in musicals and on stage.

****** G.I. Blues (8/18/60) Norman Taurog ~ Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas


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