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G.I. BLUES (1960) ***

After Elvis returned home from the army, he starred in this fun musical as Private Tulsa, who bets he can put the moves on a cold as ice dancer (Juliet Prowse) while stationed in West Germany. Things get complicated when he really does fall for her. The highlight is when Elvis croons a love song in a bar and a disgruntled G.I. plays “Blue Suede Shoes” on a jukebox because he wants to hear “an original”. Elvis is great as always especially when belting out the rollicking title tune, but less so when singing lullabies to a baby. It’s safe to say whatever edge Elvis had was severely lessened by the thoroughly innocuous scene where he saves a puppet show by singing “Wooden Heart” to a puppet. Elvis also sings “What’s She Really Like”, “Doin’ the Best I Can”, “Frankfurt Special”, “Shoppin’ Around”, “Tonight is So Right for Love”, “Pocketful of Rainbows”, “Big Boots” and “Didja Ever”. Co-star Jeremy Slate later co-starred with Elvis in Girls! Girls! Girls!
Tags: comedy, elvis, g, musical
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