GI Blues Review

GI Blues
Dreaming of running his own nightclub whilst stationed in Germany, GI Tulsa bets his pal Dynamite that he can't woo hard-to-get nightclub songstress Lili. But when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa has to begrudgingly take his place or loose his dough.

by Kim Newman |
Published on
Release Date:

23 Nov 1960

Running Time:

104 minutes



Original Title:

GI Blues

This movie, made to monopolise on the publicity attendant upon Elvis' two-year hitch in the army, marks the settling into the rut that blighted the rest of his screen career.

Elvis is a humble Gl in picturesque, colourful Germany, and he has to sing to make ends meet and sort out his problems. His main problem is getting off with prim, demure, down-to-earth Juliet Prowse and avoiding the temptation of wild, sexy, uninhibited Leticia Roman.

Along the way, he gets into a fight with bullies, pals around with a cute German baby who ought to be killed, and sings one terrific, classic number (Gl Blues) while swiveling his hips, but is forced to do nearly a dozen forgettable pieces of fluff (Wooden Heart, Pocketful Of Rainbows) as he goes.

Mildly enjoyable in a formulaic sorta way.
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