The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis was quick to return to work after leaving Germany. He came home to the U.S. in March of 1960 and began filming the fifth movie of his Hollywood career. It’s no coincidence that Elvis’ first film role after completing his military service was G.I. Blues. The story of Tulsa McLean, played by Elvis Presley, mirrors that of the star himself. Tulsa, a specialist in the Army stationed in Germany, loves to sing and plans to open a nightclub upon his return to the States. The storyline follows his schemes of making money to fuel his dream, which of course lead to love. G.I. Blues’ style of light plot and plenty of music would become the template for most of Elvis’ films in the decade. The popularity of Elvis hadn’t waned while he was away from his adoring fans, and like the Colonel, Hal Wallis was prepared to capitalize on the star’s continued fame. The role made for a perfect return; it reached number two on the Variety box office charts and was runner-up for a Laurel Award for Top Musical in 1960. The film was released by Paramount in November of 1960 and reached number 14 in the list of top-grossing movies of that year, bringing in $4.3 million. 

The offered script was utilized by a cast or crew member during production, as evidenced by the plethora of blue replacement sheets, which are used in later versions of scripts when changes were made to avoid having to reprint entire scripts and actors having to transcribe their personal notations. The white cover states “WALLIS-PARAMOUNT-HAZEN / P. 10222” at the top center and is stamped with the number 145 in the upper right and lists this as a “FINAL WHITE SCRIPT” in the lower left. Additionally, appearing in the lower left, are the typed names “Edmund Beloin and Henry Garson” who wrote the original script for Hal Wallis in 1958. Their original treatment for this Elvis movie was initially called Christmas in Berlin then Cafe Europa before becoming G.I. Blues. The blue pages of this script are dated between the end of April and beginning of May 1960 with this version dated April 20, 1960 on the cover in the lower left, obviously before the insertion of the interspersed blue pages containing the dated revisions. Production on the film began on April 21, 1960 so this script was an early original version that was likely intended as a final white script until additional changes were made shortly after the production start date. The script contains two metal button bindings with a removable protective plastic cover and measures 11 by 8 1/2 by 1/4 inches (27.94 x 21.59 x .63 cm). A timely token of this most appropriate Elvis movie filmed immediately upon return from his own Army service. The script is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The script is in excellent condition overall with the lower right corner edges ever so slightly bent. The white pages have slightly discolored with age.
1960 Production Script for Elvis Presley’s Film <i>G.I. Blues</i>
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Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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