The Girl Can't Help It DVD


The classic `rock and roll' film of the 50's and the Jayne Mansfield movie featuring her legendary strut down the street to Little Richard's title song while holding a pair of strategically placed milk bottles melting ice and shattering glasses. Around a simple comic plot - gangster hires alcoholic press agent to make a singing star out of his incredibly voluptuous but tone-deaf girlfriend - director Frank Tashlin creates a feast for eyes and ears in `the grandeur of CinemaScope' a

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17 April 2019
Second Sight Films Ltd. 
93 minutes 
PAL, Widescreen 
  • Average Rating for The Girl Can't Help It [1956] - 4 out of 5

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  • The Girl Can't Help It [1956]
    Ed Howard

    This brilliant farce takes an inauspicious foundation -- an effort to position of Jayne Mansfield as the next Marilyn Monroe -- and turns into an enduring classic of sexual comedy, as well as one of the best encapsulations of the 50s rock n' roll era on film. Tom Miller (Tom Ewell) is an out-of-luck talent agent who's hired by a gangster (Edmond O'Brien) to turn his outrageously gorgeous moll (Jayne Mansfield) into a singing sensation. Director Frank Tashlin amps up the sexual exaggeration and visual humor of this scenario at every chance, bringing to features films the wild pacing and surrealist humor that he learned as an animator and director for Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes cartoons. In Tashlin's hands, Mansfield has a literally cataclysmic effect on the men she encounters, whether she's causing an old man's glasses to crack, a nightclub manager's eyes to bug out unnaturally, or a milk bottle to foam over. She's truly something to behold here, squeezed into a form-fitting red dress right out of a Tex Avery cartoon or squeaking gleefully in her best Marilyn impersonation. As if Mansfield's delirious performance wasn't enough, Tashlin also brings a keen eye to the film's many live performances by classic 50s rock acts. There's a certain inherent documentary quality to seeing classic acts like Little Richard, Fats Domino, and the little-known Treniers at their absolute peaks, but Tashlin goes even further with these sequences. In fact, these are some of the film's most stunning scenes, carefully designed and filled with lavishly colored sets and costumes. The scene where jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln croons against a rich blue backdrop, looking curvy and elegant in a bright red dress, is as much a painterly study in color fields as it is a celebration of the great music. This is a classic rock n' roll film and a classic sex farce, a film that only seems lightweight on paper; on the screen it's an irresistable delight.

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Jayne Mansfield stars as an archetypal 'dumb blonde' in the very first Technicolour rock'n'roll musical. Her Mafia lover (Edmond O'Brien) is determined that she should secure pop stardom, despite her lack of any discernible talent. To this end he entrusts her into the care of a down-on-his-luck agent (Tom Ewell), who strives to make her record a hit, even though she only strikes one (piercing) note during the whole song. This satire on the music biz features legendary appearances from the likes of Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Little Richard.

Mansfield's first starring role is as the outrageously voluptuous but tone-deaf girlfriend of a retired racketeer. He hires a talent agent to transform her into a movie star and they fall in love. High-voltage, candy-coloured camp, by comic expert Frank Tashlin, which features some great early rock 'n' roll performances from The Platters, Little Richard, and Fats Domino.

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