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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dancer | gi | army | love | u.s. army | See All (71) »




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?


This would be the only movie role where Elvis would sing one of his established million selling oldies. ("Blue Suede Shoes" from 1956) See more »


When the GIs are on the train to Frankfurt, Elvis is singing Frankfurt Special. He stand from the seat playing an acoustical guitar, but the music heard is actually an electric guitar. See more »


Tulsa McLean: Thanks, ma'am.
Lili: I don't like ma'am.
Tulsa McLean: Neither do I. Honey.
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Referenced in Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (1960) See more »


Frankfort Special
Written by Sid Wayne & Sherman Edwards
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis Is Fresh
19 August 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – 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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