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The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)




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In this satirical comedy, mobster Fats Murdock (Edmond O'Brien) wants his talentless girlfriend, Jerri Jordan (Jayne Mansfield), to become a star, so he hires Tom Miller (Tom Ewell), an unsuccessful agent, to do just that. As Tom and Jerri work together to make her a rock & roll sensation, they begin to develop more than a working relationship. This film features appearances by Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, and Little Richard.


Tom Ewell
as Tom Miller
Jayne Mansfield
as Jerri Jordan
Edmond O'Brien
as Marty 'Fats' Murdock
Julie London
as Herself
John Emery
as `Legs' Wheeler
Juanita Moore
as Hilda, The Maid
Ray Anthony
as Himself
Fats Domino
as Himself
Gene Vincent
as Himself
Johnny Olenn
as Himself
Nino Tempo
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Can't Help It

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

A veritable Parthenon of vulgarity and a supremely unfunny comedy that is pure eau de Fifty-Six.

August 22, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Sure, the scenery is splashy and sporty in color and CinemaScope. But the show is as meager and witless as a cheap pin-up magazine joke.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Tashlin's savage lampoon of American notions of success and fulfillment is hilarious and genuinely appealing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If Tashlin had had the nerve, he would have romantically paired Jayne Mansfield with Little Richard and set race relations in the United States forward by about thirty years.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

A sweet little fifties gem that should be viewed for the endearing tale and of course, who doesn't love Ms. Mansfield?...

Full Review… | May 16, 2010
Cinema Crazed

A pungent satire on the worlds of PR and rock music.

Full Review… | February 12, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Girl Can't Help It


Lennon and McCartney saw this as teens and it inspired them to perform. Amusing satire of 1950's culture, this film is more a showcase of rock & roll talent of the day than the promotion of Jayne Mansfield it was supposed to be. Jayne appears in this film every bit a caricature of Marylne Monroe who preceeded Jayne's popularity. [img][/img] The film was hugely popular among audiences and was one of the year's biggest hits and made Mansfield into a mega film star. SEE the entire film here: Despite the obvious impressions of Monroe, intended or not, the film was a hit with me and Mansfield was no disappointment. I laughed in many scenes, especially the first minutes of the film where every male drools over the girl who can't help it. [img],1.jpg[/img] In a business that thrives on image and typecasting, Mansfield's chances of escaping the inevitable comparisons to Marilyn were next to impossible. Despite early Hollywood triumphs like The Girl Can't Help It and the film version of Rock Hunter, Mansfield's gifts were eventually perceived as limited, and her career quickly fell to pieces after 1960. Watch for the numerous cameos of rock bands of the day, this film is known for showcasing them in glorious color. Includes Little Richard and many others, see the cast below. Reportedly, the producers had wanted Elvis for The Girl Can't Help It, but Elvis's manager Tom Parker had demanded too much money. [img][/img] REVIEWS by the unsung: 70% A gangster hires a theatrical agent to make his girlfriend a singing star. This movie has two good points and they are Jayne Mansfield. 80% My GAWD! is this film fun! Easily it's one of the best Rock 'N Roll Musicals coming out of the late 50's, having style, witty humor and tremendous act... [img][/img] Jayne Mansfield, the closest competion to Monroe NOTES: 1 The movie was originally intended as a vehicle for the American sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, with a satirical subplot involving teenagers and rock 'n' roll music. The unintended result has been called the "most potent" celebration of rock music ever captured on film. 2 The film reached Liverpool, England in the early summer of 1957. ... fascinated a 16-year-old John Lennon by showing him, for the first time, his "worshiped" American rock 'n' roll stars as living humans and thus further inspiring him to pursue his own rock and roll dream. 3 McCartney demonstrated his musical prowess to Lennon by performing "Twenty Flight Rock" in a similar manner to the way he had seen it played by Eddie Cochran in The Girl Can't Help It. 4 Elvis Presley's famous performance of the song "Jailhouse Rock" in the movie of the same name (often cited as the first music video) released one year after The Girl Can't Help It bears a remarkable resemblance to the theme and performance of a song called "Rock Around the Rockpile" from the earlier movie. O'Brien even includes some of the hip-swiveling and leg motions for which Elvis became famous. [img][/img] Little Richard Songs performed in the movie 1."The Girl Can't Help It" - Little Richard 2."Tempo's Tempo" - Nino Tempo 3."My Idea of Love" - Johnny Olenn 4."I Ain't Gonna Cry No More" - Johnny Olenn 5."Ready Teddy" - Little Richard 6."She's Got It" - Little Richard 7."Cool It Baby" - Eddie Fontaine 8."Cinnamon Sinner" - Teddy Randazzo and the Three Chuckles 9."Spread the Word" - Abbey Lincoln 10."Cry Me a River" - Julie London 11."Be-Bop-A-Lula" - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps 12."Twenty Flight Rock" - Eddie Cochran 13."Rock Around the Rockpile" - Edmond O'Brien; Ray Anthony and his Orchestra 14."Rockin' Is Our Business" - The Treniers 15."Big Band Boogie" - Ray Anthony and his Orchestra 16."Blue Monday" - Fats Domino 17."You'll Never, Never Know" - The Platters 18."Ev'ry Time (It Happens)" - dubbed by Eileen Wilson, lip-synched by Jayne Mansfield 19."Giddy Up a Ding Dong" - Freddy Bell & The Bell-Boys [img][/img] Jayne Directed by Frank Tashlin Produced by Frank Tashlin Written by Frank Tashlin Herbert Baker Starring Tom Ewell Jayne Mansfield Edmond O'Brien Henry Jones Julie London [img][/img] Eddie Cochran Music by Bobby Troup Cinematography Leon Shamroy Editing by James B. Clark Distributed by 20th Century Fox Release dates December 1, 1956 Running time 99 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $1,310,000 Box office $6,250,000 [img]'t%20Help%20It%20Poster%209.jpg[/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

A gangster hires a theatrical agent to make his girlfriend a singing star. This movie has two good points and they are Jayne Mansfield. The film contains many performaces by 1950s era rock and rollers Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Platters and many others. Throw in numerous instances of bawdy sexual innuendo and slapstick gangster humor makes this film a fast paced musical-comedy.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

It was ok. The music was the big hit. Jayne was beautiful, but it was a very silly move and role. I didn't know she died at 34 in a car crash, and that semi trucks must now have bars at the back of the truck (also called Mansfield bar) to prevent cars from going under semis in a crash, until I looked her up while watching the movie. :(

Kim W
Kim W

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