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The Girl Can't Help It

The Girl Can't Help It

Tom Ewell
Director: Frank Tashlin Cast: Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
, Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield
, Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Frank Tashlin
The Girl Can't Help It

The Girl Can't Help It

Tom Ewell
Director: Frank Tashlin Cast: Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
, Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield
, Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Frank Tashlin

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Overview

The inimitable writer-director Frank Tashlin once more aims his satiric barbs at modern culture (modern 1950s culture, that is) in The Girl Can't Help It. Much of the film is dominated by Edmond O'Brien as mob boss Murdock, who while serving a term in federal prison becomes a singing sensation with his hit tune "Rock Around the Rock Pile." Once he's sprung, Murdock hires impoverished agent Tom Miller (Tom Ewell), not to promote his own career, but to turn his curvaceous lady friend Jerri Jordan (Jayne Mansfield) into a star. Alas, Jerri has no singing or acting talent whatsoever, a fact that she's eager and willing to admit. A domestic type at heart, all Jerri really wants out of life is to marry Murdock, so that she can clean his house, cook his meals and raise his children. When Murdock refuses to grant her wishes, Jerri falls in love with Tom instead.

Every so often, director Tashlin takes time out from the plot to poke fun at such technical marvels as CinemaScope and Technicolor, and to lampoon the American male's fixation on female bosoms and bottoms (at one point, Jayne Mansfield leans towards the camera, her cleavage exposed as far as the censors will allow, and plaintively asks Tom Ewell if he believes that she's equipped for motherhood). While much of the humor in the film is dated, The Girl Can't Help It is an invaluable record of the pop-music scene of the 1950s, featuring such guest artists as Julie London (playing Tom Ewell's dream girl), Ray Anthony, Fats Domino, The Platters, Little Richard and his Band, Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps, the Treniers, Eddie Fontaine, Abbey Lincoln and Eddie Cochran.


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Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2022
UPC: 0715515270915
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Sales rank: 7,993

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Ewell Tom Miller
Jayne Mansfield Jerri Jordan
Edmond O'Brien Marty Murdock
Henry Jones Mousie
Julie London Herself
Ray Anthony Himself
John Emery Wheeler
Barry J. Gordon Himself
Juanita Moore Hilda
Fats Domino Himself
Eddie Fontaine Himself
Abbey Lincoln Herself
Johnny Olenn Himself
Nino Tempo Himself
Eddie Cochran Himself
Chuckles Themselves
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Themselves
Platters Themselves
Treniers Themselves
Little Richard Himself

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
James B. Clark Editor
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Leland Fuller Art Director
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Ad Schaumer Asst. Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Bobby Troup Songwriter
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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