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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lili
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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
Mickey Knox ...
Jeeter
John Hudson ...
Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker ...
Mac (as Ken Becker)
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Turk
Beach Dickerson ...
Warren
Trent Dolan ...
Mickey
Carl Crow ...
Walt
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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The Rollicking Story of America's Lovin' G.I's 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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,300,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the Hal B. Wallis papers at the AMPAS Library, Michael Curtiz was originally set to direct the film. Curtiz directed Elvis Presley in King Creole (1958), his previous picture. See more »

Goofs

The G.I.'s are wearing underwear in the shower. See more »

Quotes

Lili: Come on, you poor millionaire. I'll buy you a drink. Honey.
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Connections

Referenced in Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Pocketful Of Rainbows
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
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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