G.I. Blues

About the creakiest 'book' in musicomedy annals has been revived by the scenarists as a framework within which Elvis Presley warbles 10 wobbly songs and co-star Juliet Prowse steps out in a pair of flashy dances [staged by Charles O'Curran].

With:
Elvis Presley Juliet Prowse Robert Ivers Leticia Roman James Douglas Sigrid Maier

About the creakiest ‘book’ in musicomedy annals has been revived by the scenarists as a framework within which Elvis Presley warbles 10 wobbly songs and co-star Juliet Prowse steps out in a pair of flashy dances [staged by Charles O’Curran].

Plot casts Presley as an all-American-boy tank-gunner stationed in Germany who woos supposedly icy-hearted Prowse for what starts out as strictly mercenary reasons (if he spends the night with her, he wins a hunk of cash to help set up a nitery in the States). Needless to say, the ice melts and amor develops, only to dissolve when Prowse learns of the heely scheme.

Responsibility for penning the 10 tunes is given no one on Paramount’s credit sheet. Considering the quality of these compositions, such anonymity is understandable. Joseph J. Lilley is credited with scoring and conducting music for the film. It is not absolutely clear whether he had a hand in composing the pop selections, but it is doubtful. Presley sings them all as a slightly subdued pelvis.

Prowse is a firstrate dancer and has a pixie charm reminiscent of Leslie Caron. She deserves better roles than this.

G.I. Blues

Production: Paramount. Director Norman Taurog; Producer Hal B. Wallis; Screenplay Edmund Beloin, Henry Garson; Camera Loyal Griggs; Editor Warren Low; Music Joseph J. Lilley (arr.); Art Director Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1960. Running time: 115 MIN.

With: Elvis Presley Juliet Prowse Robert Ivers Leticia Roman James Douglas Sigrid Maier

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