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Elvis hated this movie because he hated putting the uniform back on. He also hated the music for the movie. However, how many of you know that this movie is actually a remake of a 1940s era movie called THE FLEET'S IN starring William Holden and Dorothy Lamour? Well it is and although I am and have always been a huge Elvis fan, the older movie is better. Holden obviously has the Elvis role while the always gorgeous Lamour is much better than Juliet Prowse, who had a great pair of legs but little else. I have seen G.I. Blues dozens of times over the years. The best scene is the club scene where Elvis and his combo play and then, of course, get into a fight. A few years later in the movie TICKLE ME, there is almost the same exact scene, except this time Elvis is a cowboy.
G.I. Blues was filmed after our boy Elvis came back from the Army, and the
savvy, slick succubus known as Col. Tom Parker wanted to milk that
experience as much as he could, thus this movie.
I must say that it's not a horrible film ("Clambake" anyone?) but it's not his best (and there are so many that are better than this one).
Fun, light programming fare, with cool songs.
I thought that this was a decent movie, I don't know if this was Hollywood's idea of what Elvis's life was like in the army or not. I like the way that Elvis's character backed out of a bet with Juliet Prowse's character so as not to hurt her. His character showed class. The movie was a feel good movie in my opinion. I know the movie is a classic, but I don't think it's spectacular. But still a watchable movie. I give this movie 3 and a half stars.
Elvis was just released from the Armed Forces and like his movies prior to serving, this one mirrors his real life. He gets in some great songs and a great duet with Juliet Prowse on a ski lift. He even shows some good comedic acting while babysitting! You don't have to love Elvis to like this movie, but it couldn't hurt.
Elvis Presley's first post Army movie is an entertaining piece of fluff
which fictionalizes his army career in Germany.
Elvis and his buddys plan on starting a nightclub in the States after their tour of duty in Germany.There's just one slight problem: money!!!. This problem lands Elvis in a bet: That he can defrost an icy dancer at the "Europa-Club".
This was in fact the proto-type of the later Presley-vehicles,which all had a similar storyline to let Elvis romance the girls and sing his songs.It's anyway one of his better films.
Rating: **1/2 of *****
For being one of Presley’s more popular vehicles, I found this rather
disappointing; in retrospect, its “reputation” clearly hinges on the
fact that Hollywood was all-too-ready to cash-in on Elvis’
much-publicized military service (this was, in fact, his comeback
The Berlin locations (mixed in with the studio-shot footage of the actors via process-screen photography!) may have provided novelty value, but the plot was even cornier than usual – with the inclusion of not one, but two, wholly gratuitous subplots involving the individual dreary romance of two of Presley’s army buddies! Statuesque Juliet Prowse is initially played up as a sort of femme fatale but she’s soon under Elvis’ spell – so that, apart from her evident dancing skills, she emerges to be indistinguishable from most other leading ladies in his movies; Leticia Roman, best-known for playing THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1963) for Mario Bava, appears unremarkably in support (as Prowse’s love-struck Italian room-mate).
Apart from a number of typically rollicking Presley numbers – including the title tune, the soundtrack features the star’s own “Blue Suede Shoes” as an in-joke, “Tonight Is So Right For Love” (which borrows the main theme from Offenbach’s celebrated “Barcarolle”), and even the popular German folk-song “Wooden Heart”!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Elvis Presley's first movie release since his return from military service
in Germany probably had his legion of teen fans swooning in their seats;
unfortunately, it marked for the rest of us the beginning of a decade in
which Presley made essentially the same movie over and over again. Like the
20-odd films that followed throughout the 60's, this fluff is as light and
undemanding as candy floss but with nothing like its
Saddled with a paper-thin plot, Elvis sleepwalks through the role of a Frankfurt-based GI out to win a bet by spending the night alone with a frosty nightclub dancer (consider that a spoiler: now you don't need to see the movie to know how it will all end). He's not helped by a largely routine set of numbers only `Wooden Heart' and `Blue Suede Shoes' are recognisable.
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