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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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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvis Presley ... Tulsa McLean
Juliet Prowse ... Lili
Robert Ivers ... Cookie
James Douglas James Douglas ... Rick
Letícia Román ... Tina (as Leticia Roman)
Sigrid Maier Sigrid Maier ... Marla
Arch Johnson ... Sgt. McGraw
Mickey Knox ... Jeeter
John Hudson ... Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker Kenneth Becker ... Mac (as Ken Becker)
Jeremy Slate ... Turk
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Warren
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Mickey
Carl Crow Carl Crow ... Walt
Fred Essler 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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Your favorite star is again in the lead... [Finland] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Café Europa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the shower scene, all shown waist up naked, besides a sergeant showering along with enlisted men, when focusing on him after Elvis takes his soap, sergeant is shown putting his hands down towards his waist, in a sort of pulling up shorts gesture - despite, all being supposedly, presumably naked for proper showering ablutions. See more »

Quotes

Tulsa McLean: [about the baby] I think he's getting ready to bust loose again.
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Connections

Featured in Elvis in the Movies (1990) See more »

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Shoppin' Around
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Elvis Is Fresh
19 August 2009 | by wes-connorsSee 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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