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 »


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


Tulsa McLean: Lili? Now this isn't the time and it's certainly not the place...
Lili: Well, of course I'll marry you. I love you.
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Edited into Elvis: #1 Hit Performances (2007) See more »


Pocketful Of Rainbows
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis' career changing movie
11 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Elvis was photographed in uniform while still in service (in Germany) for this amusing, light service comedy. He must make good on a bet made for another serviceman who's been sent to Alaska -- to bed dancer Prowse within a week. She's legendarily cold, but warms up to E's garrulous charms and his chivalry. She takes him out to the country, where he sings to her on a ski-lift and (unfortunately) at a children's puppet show. This is really the beginning of the new Elvis, the family Elvis, which is now despised by many fans of his grittier 50s act, but also really helped him sustain his career through the weird 60s pop music atmosphere. A lot of people that are into Elvis are down on his movie recordings, but the fact is that this is what kept his stuff going when others who came up in rock and roll (Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bill Haley, etc.) were faltering or beginning exclusively European and Mexican tours and films.

The film, as it is, should serve as nostalgia for some, and as a bright spot of silliness on the now much bleaker cinema screens.

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