G.I. Blues

G.I. Blues

Director: Norman Taurog

Cast: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers

     
 

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Elvis Presley stars in GI Blues as Tulsa McLean, a soldier stationed in Germany, who pulls strings to stage a big show for his fellow GI's. In the tradition of the musical chestnut The Fleet's In, Tulsa also bets his buddies that he can date "ice princess" entertainer Lili (Juliet Prowse). Song highlights include "Wooden Heart," "Blue Suede Shoes" and…  See more details below

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Elvis Presley stars in GI Blues as Tulsa McLean, a soldier stationed in Germany, who pulls strings to stage a big show for his fellow GI's. In the tradition of the musical chestnut The Fleet's In, Tulsa also bets his buddies that he can date "ice princess" entertainer Lili (Juliet Prowse). Song highlights include "Wooden Heart," "Blue Suede Shoes" and the title number. The spectacular box-office performance of G.I. Blues proved that Elvis' popularity had not only survived his Army tenure, but had actually increased.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's nothing blue about G.I. Blues, one of those Elvis Presley escape vehicles for which a plot has not so much been written as pasted together from various scraps of paper that blew in through the window. "Slight" doesn't begin to describe the story, any more than "vapid" describes the dialogue or "essentially non-existent" the character development -- but it really doesn't matter. This kind of movie always exists in spit of, not because of, its screenplay; it is never intended to be great art, and its success as sheer entertainment depends on other things. In this case, "other things" is most obviously Mr. Presley, and one's reaction to the film will depend upon whether or not one is a fan. He's in good voice here, delivering a fair number of songs in various moods and styles -- and of varying quality. The best Presley performance, ironically, is heard in "Blue Suede Shoes," played on a jukebox during a fight sequence. His amiable, simple persona carries him more than his acting, but he does have a quiet presence that counts for more than acting talent. The "girl" in the picture -- a stunning Juliet Prowse -- is unusual for a Presley vehicle, being more independent and less pliable than most. While Prowse is hampered by a dreadful German accent that derails many of her scenes, she does have a couple of dance numbers that generate tremendous heat.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0097363746829
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:43:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Tulsa McLean
Juliet Prowse Lili
Robert Ivers Cookey
Leticia Roman Tina
James Douglas Rick
Sigrid Maier Maria
Arch Johnson Sgt. McGraw
Ken Becker Mac
Carl Crow Walt
Charles Beach Dickerson Warren
Trent Dolan Mickey
John Hudson Capt. Hobart
Jordanaires Actor
Mickey Knox Jeeter
Jeremy Slate Turk
Ludwig Stossel Puppet Show Owner
Fred Essler Actor
Ron Starr Actor
Erika Peters Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Edmund Beloin Screenwriter
Henry Garson Screenwriter
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Joseph Lilley Musical Direction/Supervision
Warren Low Editor
Charles O'Curran Choreography
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Tyler Art Director
Hal B. Wallis Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEEN
0. Scene Selection
1. Frankfurt [6:19]
2. "What's She Really Like" [:55]
3. The Three Blazes [3:19]
4. "G. I. Blues" [3:25]
5. "Doin' the Best I Can" [:58]
6. Betting On Dynamite [3:29]
7. "Frankfurt Special" [6:51]
8. Operation Lili [1:42]
9. "Shoppin' Around" [1:10]
10. No Honey [6:42]
11. "Tonight Is So Right For Love" [3:01]
12. A Lonely Soldier [1:57]
13. Not Like the Others [2:17]
14. Weekend Pass [1:02]
15. Liebe Means Love [1:05]
16. "Wooden Heart" [2:36]
17. "Pocketful Of Rainbows" [2:05]
18. The Bet Is Off [:19]
19. Crawfish Dance [3:32]
20. Rick's Emergency [1:21]
21. Uncle Tulsa [:21]
22. "Big Boots" [5:03]
23. Mercenary Motive [4:33]
24. "Didja' Ever" [2:42]

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