18th 1960 USA (November
23rd 1960 UK)
Hal Wallis Productions / Paramount Pictures 104
Produced by Hal B.
Directed by Norman Taurog
Music by Joseph J.
Written by Edmund Beloin and Henry Garson
Elvis Presley (Tulsa Maclean), Juliet Prowse (Lili), Robert Ivers (Cookie),
James Douglas (Rick), Letícia Román (Tina), Sigrid Maier (Marla), Scotty
Moore (as himself), Bill Black (as himself), Arch Johnson (MSG McGraw),
Kenneth Becker (Mac - as Ken Becker), Carl Crow (Walt), Beach Dickerson
(Warren), Trent Dolan (Mickey), Fred Essler (Papa Mueller), John Hudson
(CPT Hobart), The Jordanaires (as themselves), Mickey Knox (Jeeter), Erika
Peters (Trudy), Jeremy Slate (Turk), Edson Stroll (Dynamite), Ron Starr
(Harvey) and Ludwig Stössel as the puppet show operator.
'Tulsa' Maclean is a guitar-playing tank gunner whose division is shipped
out to serve in West Germany. He is torn between love and money when he
gets involved in a wager between him and his pals to see who can spend a
night with Lili, a local nightclub cabaret dancer. He unintentionally falls
in love with her and, after a day out together on the Rhine, she also begins
to fall for him, while his friend Cookie also becomes besotted with Lili's
Italian roommate, Tina. Tulsa wins the bet, and Lili's heart, when they
spend the night together baby sitting for another friend's baby son, Tiger.
Working titles: 'Cafe Europa' and 'Christmas In Berlin'. Most sources
offer 'McLean' as his name, but take a closer look at the name badge on
the chest of his flak jacket! This was Elvis' first movie after his Army
release. The 32nd Armoured Division was Presley's regiment when he was
in the Army, so it was used for the film. The G.I. Blues soundtrack album
was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1960: 'Best Sound Track Album or
Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or Television' and 'Best
Vocal Performance Album, Male'. Edmund Beloin and Henry Garson were both
nominated in 1961 by the Writers Guild of America in the category of 'Best
Written American Musical'.
Tonight is so Right for Love / What's She Really Like / Frankfurt Special
/ Wooden Heart / G.I.Blues / Pocketful of Rainbows / Shoppin' Around /
Big Boots / Didja Ever / Blue Suede Shoes / Doin' the Best I Can