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The Girl Can't Help It

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A movie directed by Frank Tashlin

Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), … see full wiki

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Director: Frank Tashlin
1 review about The Girl Can't Help It

hilarious romp with Ms Mansfield

  • Aug 20, 2007
THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT is a thinly-plotted star vehicle for Jayne Mansfield plus a dozen of the best rock 'n' roll acts of the period.

Mansfield plays a tone-deaf bombshell called Jerri Jordan, the resident moll of a former racketeer (Edmond O'Brien). Tom Ewell is the unemployed press agent who is assigned the task of launching her career. Light on plot but heavy on musical numbers, THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT is really a showcase for some of the brighest and most successful music stars of the period, among them Fats Domino, The Platters, Julie London, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, and Nino Tempo.

The director, Frank Tashlin, began his career as a writer-director with the animation department at Warner Brothers, and in Mansfield he found the closest thing to a living comic-book creation, with her wildly-exaggerated hourglass figure. Throughout THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT, the viewer is constantly treated to humorous sight-gags about Mansfield's ample assets. Although she made her career playing dim-wit blondes, Jayne Mansfield was no fool. She reportedly had an IQ of 163, spoke five languages and was classically-trained in both piano and violin. Sadly she could never quite escape her own screen creation and by the end of the 1960s she was meandering in Z-grade fare like "The Fat Spy" and "The Las Vegas Hillbillys".

THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT is a very fun time capsule for fans of the great rock 'n' roll stars. Seeing artists like The Platters, The Chuckles, Nino Tempo and Julie London all beautifully-photographed in CinemaScope and performing their best hits is worth the price of admission alone. Throw in the singular Jayne Mansfield and you have one of the most enjoyable musical comedies ever made.

A rare treat. This DVD includes a bonus feature with cult director John Waters ("Hairspray", "Cry-Baby") talking about the film and it's influence on his work. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).

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