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Saturday, June 6, 2015

G.I. Blues (1960)

Stationed in Germany, a solider (Elvis Presley) takes a bet that he can spend the night with a nightclub dancer (Juliet Prowse) who has a reputation as an iceberg. But when he begins to have genuine romantic feelings for her, he hesitates in going through with the bet. After KING CREOLE (1958), Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army and G.I. BLUES was his first film in two years. Audiences eager to see Presley back on the big screen made it a big hit but it's a paper thin film that doesn't offer much other than a chance to see Presley sing. The film can't help but get treacly at times as when Elvis sings a lullaby to a baby or serenades a puppet at a kids puppet show. In most Elvis movies, he's the whole show and rarely gives his co-stars a chance to strut their stuff but here that leggy wonder Juliet Prowse gets two solo dance numbers all to herself. For Elvis fans only. Directed by Norman Taurog. With Leticia Roman, Jeremy Slate, Arch Johnson, John Hudson and James Douglas.

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