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Elvis Presley's real-life Army uniform wasn't even cold yet before Paramount got him back on screen with "G.I. Blues", one of those musicals in which the flimsy script can nearly be forgotten in the wake of several wonderfully produced numbers. Group of wolfish U.S. Army soldiers, finishing up their tour in Germany, bet fellow G.I. Elvis he can't get inside cabaret performer Juliet Prowse's apartment and stay all night (she's the flashy European-type who is steam-heat on the outside, iceberg on the inside). Forget the contrived plot and the manic, eyeball-rolling performances and just enjoy Presley's music, with each song staged for a thrilling impact (whether they take place in a train-car, a nightclub, a skyway cabin, or a puppeteer's stage). Filmed in gorgeous color, the picture looks good enough to eat--plus, there's a cute baby, some self-effacing humor, and romance to boot. A bit long at 104 minutes, and the girls-as-targets theme is dated now and tacky, but otherwise this "G.I." is a lot of fun. **1/2 from ****
"In Frankfurt, the G.I. Tulsa McLean (Elvis Presley) bets all the money his friends Cookie (Robert Ivers) and Rick (James Douglas) and he are saving to buy a night-club of their own in USA that his mate Dynamite will seduce and spend a night with the untouchable cabaret dancer Lili (Juliet Prowse). When Dynamite is transferred to Alaska, Tulsa has to replace him in the bet, but he falls for Lili and tries to call off the game." It's a nice plot and the acting was OK, but the best thing about this movie is the soundtrack. The songs are fun, catchy, and Elvis knows just exactly how to sing them. As do Juliet Prowse; for the first time Elvis is paired up with a leading lady who dances and is good enough to be compared with Elvis' character, Tulsa. I recommend this great musical to any Elvis fan.
Sometimes when rating movies I can feel a little embarrassed in giving
certain films a three out of four star rating. Well, to hell with that
-- I flat-out enjoyed G.I. BLUES, which was Elvis Presley's fifth movie
and marked a significant shift in his public image and how he would be
perceived throughout the 1960s while The Beatles and other groups were
taking over. After coming back from his stint in the U.S. Army, Elvis
made this picture which capitalized on that event. He plays a G.I. who
takes a bet with some of his army pals in Germany that he will be able
to score with leggy fraulein dancer Juliet Prowse. Along the way there
are laughs, songs (naturally), and some romance.
Gone here is the young rockin' rebel we'd previously seen in films like LOVING YOU, JAILHOUSE ROCK, and KING CREOLE. Now we have Elvis as the more matured family man, Elvis as the comedian. And you know what? Elvis could be funny! Some of his comedic facial expressions in this are priceless, and the scene where he nervously bumbles about while trying to babysit a screaming child is truly humorous. Regardless of how Elvis himself felt about doing such a film, it doesn't show in his performance at this stage as it would many years later when it would appear he was just going through the motions in these types of formulaic situations; here he seems to be having a good time. The songs aren't superb, but they're fun and entertaining. I personally like the title tune of "G.I. Blues", as well as "Shoppin' Around," "Didja Ever," "Doing the Best That I Can," and - my personal favorite singalong, "Frankfurt Special" (whoa, whoa, whoaaa!). *** out of ****
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 *****
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.
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”!
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