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G. I. Blues (23-Nov-1960)

Director: Norman Taurog

Writers: Edmund Beloin; Henry Garson

Music Scored and Conducted by: Joseph J. Lilley

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Keywords: Musical Comedy, Wager

G.I. in West Germany wagers that he can spend the night with a beautiful cabaret dancer, one that has a reputation as a cold fish. In the process, he falls for her. Elvis thought this film had too many musical numbers.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Elvis Presley
Singer
8-Jan-1935 16-Aug-1977 Rock and roll icon
Juliet Prowse
Dancer
25-Sep-1936 14-Sep-1996 Can-Can
Leticia Roman
Actor
12-Aug-1941   The Evil Eye
Jeremy Slate
Actor
17-Feb-1926 19-Nov-2006 The Mini-Skirt Mob

CAST

Elvis Presley   ...   Tulsa McCauley
Co-Starring
Juliet Prowse   ...   Lili
Robert Ivers   ...   Cooky
James Douglas   ...   Rick
Leticia Roman   ...   Tina
Sigrid Maier   ...   Marla
with
Arch Johnson   ...   Sgt. McGraw
Mickey Knox   ...   Jeeter
John Hudson   ...   Capt. Hobart
Ken Becker   ...   Mac
Jeremy Slate   ...   Turk
Beach Dickerson   ...   Warren
Trent Dolan   ...   Mickey
Carl Crow   ...   Walter
Fred Essler   ...   Papa Mueller
Ronald Starr   ...   Harvey
Erika Peters   ...   Trudy
Ludwig Stossel   ...   Puppet Show Owner

REVIEWS

Review by anonymous (posted on 9-Nov-2006)

Elvis returned home in 1960 after a two year stint in the U.S. Army. He had no sooner taken off his real soldier uniform,when he was cast to play a soldier in G.I. Blues. His manager Col. Tom Parker along with Producer Hal Wallis had made an agreement that would virtually end Presleys dreams of becoming a "Serious" dramatic actor and regulate him instead to becoming a B movie star. Elvis was not happy when he learned of the first movie he would be starring in,since his critically acclaimed performance in "King Creole" which was Presley's last movie before his hitch in the service. " I no sooner get out of the Army and the Col has me right back in" Presley complained to his buddies in the Memphis Mafia. Co-starring Juliet Prouse,who played a cold as ice dancer at a popular German night club,the plot for G.I. Blues was simple. A bunch of bored service men,a long way from home decided to lay down bets to see if anyone of thier fellow soldiers could spend the night at the apartment of Prouse's character "Lilly" The first choice for the bet was transfered,leaving Presley's character "Tulsa" to pick up the slack. Presley accepts the bet(to earn the money,so he and two of his Army buddies can open thier own nightclub once they were back in the States,and be thier own house band) The movie shows Presley and co. singing and "playing" at a German nightclub,when another soldier does'nt respond to the live band,he puts a dime in the jukebox and lo and behold there's Elvis Presley song "Blue Suede Shoes" which the guy picks and then all hell breaks loose with Presley starting and winning the ensuing fight. Its rough going for Tulsa at first with Lilly. He wines and dines her,but does not get an invite to her apartment. He tries and tries and on the one occaision he does suceed he finds his fellow bandmate and Army buddy in the same apartment(Lillys roomate is a waitress at the same nightclub) Elvis begins to develop a relationship with Lilly and the two fall in love,but Elvis has a bet to win and keeps his eye on the prize. After another Army buddy finds his lost love and discovers he's a father,he asks Tulsa if he would babysit,so he and his girl can elope and do the right thing. Tulsa agree's,but soon finds himself lost and at the mercy of an infant. He calls Lilly who agree's to help and Tulsa packs up the baby in a picnic basket and heads to Lilly's apartment,this time they are alone(except for the baby) The lookouts (Fellow Soldiers) see Tulsa enter Lilly's apartment basket in hand and think the moneys in the bag. However,as luck would have it,Lilly finds out about the bet and the others learn about the baby,hence no winners and trouble for those involved. But,the baby saves the day. After telling the C.O. the whole story Tulsa is cleared and Lilly forgives him and they live happily ever after. The movie does feature some good Presley songs. After two years of songs that were recorded pre Army,Elvis fans are treated to a fresh set of Presley tunes,including a beautiful rendition of the song "Wooden Heart" and rockers such as "Stop Shopping Around" and The Title track of the soundtrack album and the movies namesake G.I. Blues. For Elvis,it was the beginning of the end for his film career. Although,he hated doing the "Travelogue" movies of the mid 60's,like any good soldier,he followed orders and in doing so,marched into B movie oblivion. D.A. Dodd


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