The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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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 soundtrack album was released by RCA in October of 1960 to coincide with the opening of the film in November.

Offered are Elvis’ personal film for G.I. Blues on its original three (3) metal reels measuring 14 inches (35.56 cm) in diameter; two original brown-strapped cases for the film reels that measure 15 by 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm); and the 33 1/3 two-sided acetate from the G.I. Blues soundtrack album that measures 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter. Elvis’ own film and acetate originate from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot B035) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Reels 1 and 2 present with no defects, while reel 3 has suffered some age-related wrinkling and may not be playable. The acetate has minor scuffing, but is in playable condition. Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley’s Personal 16mm Film of <em>G.I. Blues</em> and “RCA Reference Recording” 33 1/3 Acetate of the Soundtrack - From the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (B035)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,000.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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