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Girl Can't Help It [VHS]


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  • Actors: Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O'Brien, Julie London, Ray Anthony
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Writers: Frank Tashlin, Garson Kanin, Herbert Baker
  • Producers: Frank Tashlin
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: November 20, 1985
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000006GF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Girl Can't Help It - VHS

Customer Reviews

Ignore the glitz, Jayne Mansfield like Marilyn Monroe beneath the hype is a great actress.
Dr. Fred R. Eichelman
The action moves along at a great pace; the casting is excellent; and the acting is very convincing.
Matthew G. Sherwin
And Jayne Mansfield of course, makes the movie, nothing more needs to be said except, get it!
Russell Workman

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 20, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Our story is about music, not the music of long ago, but the music that expresses the refinement, culture, and the polite grace of the present day."
Tom Ewell introduces this highly entertaining and warm-hearted story with the above narration before being interrupted by a blast of Little Richard singing the title song. He plays Tom Miller, a has-been talent agent who has six weeks to turn a blonde... Jerri--real name Georgianna--Jordan, (Jayne Mansfield) into a star. Edmond O'Brien ("Fats" Marty Murdock), a perfect cariacature of a tough, fat, aggressive, cigar-smoking ex-con, wants Miller to make her a star so he can marry her, a somebody. But the Fates of the cinematic plot set things in motion, all towards a happy ending, fortunately. After all, this is a comedy.
Jayne Mansfield is a sheer delight as Georgianna, and for her to be so stunning blonde bombshell with a size 44 who wants to be a housewife is a dream come true for males. She is the dream for the men in the 1950's and maybe that perfect woman who would be appreciated by men even today. The Keirsey analysis would classify Georgianna as a Provider Guardian, an expressive, friendly, loyal, traditional, and organized person, someone who gives home-cooked meals and the hugs that heal. I would sure love to have her as a mother. Tom Miller would probably be a Crafter Artisan, which is a perfect match according to Keirsey. As the song "Ready Teddy" says, "she's got a lot of what they call the most."
Frank Tashlin's sight gags involving the men's reaction to Jerri are hilarious. When she sways by the ice man, the block of ice he's lifting from the truck instantly melts into a puddle down the truck bed.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Preston on February 1, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film while I was in high school and I have never forgotten it. Jayne Mansfield was beautiful and it's a shame she couldn't get past being a typical Monroe copy cat because she wasn't. She was smart, funny, and made any woman want to be like her at that time. Her presence was dynamic and Tom Ewell was hilarious as her counter-part in the film. It is by far the best film she made and what a joy to watch so many young talented rock'n'roll singers like Little Richard that exploded onto the screen with his awesome voice. If you like the 50's music and you like Jayne Mansfield then this is the film you should start with.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Quebec on March 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is a great, make that GREAT, musical-comedy!
It's a live-action cartoon (because Frank Tashilin, director of so many of Warner's "Looney Toones") directed it & it's a satire of the music industry.
It's also a great chance to see some early legends of rock n' roll, including Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, The Platters, Fats Domino, Little Richard, along with some other minor rockers including Eddie Fontaine, The Three Chuckles, as well as pop singer Julie London & jazz great Abbey Lincoln. Anyone who wishes to hear REAL rock 'n roll music from the '50's (NOT nostalgia musicals like "Grease") as well as to see these rockers in the prime of their youth as they were meant to be seen (not as old men past their musical prime like on those well-meaning, if misguided PBS specials), well...this movie is for you! (I missed out on the '50's, having been a teenager during the '80's, so this film is a fun, "educational" piece of Americana for me!)
If you like comedy, "The Girl Can't Help It" delivers. It's not only a good pop-culture satire, but it's risque' sex-humor manages laughs without outright vulgarity. (Today's comedy writers could learn from this 46 year-old gem.)
And what words can bring justice to the incredibly gorgeous Jayne Mansfield? "Va-va-va-voom!"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith on March 19, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film takes you back to a time you have lived in before or wished you had. The groups and performers in this film are simply outstanding * Little Richard is at his all time best !! He may have never looked any better than when he was in this film * Of course Jane Mansfield is perfect for the role. She was quite the presence throughout and captures your heart with her warm down home character that only wants to settle down and have a home. If your nostalgic though - This is the film for you - The soundtrack is a real 5 star production !! Highly recommend you view this and draw your own opinion. It isnt really a dramatic masterpiece but it is like A Hard Days Night was for it's capture of time - for the Fab four - This film allows a similar feeling of nostalgia in that sense - A place in history when the performers are on - Thank you *****
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Our story is about music, not the music of long ago, but the music that expresses the refinement, culture, and the polite grace of the present day."
Tom Ewell introduces this highly entertaining and warm-hearted story with the above narration before being interrupted by a blast of Little Richard singing the title song. He plays Tom Miller, a has-been talent agent who has six weeks to turn a blonde sexpot Jerri Jordan, real name Georgianna Jordan, (Jayne Mansfield) into a star. Edmond O'Brien ("Fats" Marty Murdock), a perfect cariacature of a tough, fat, aggressive, cigar-smoking ex-con and wants Miller to make her a star so he can marry her. After all, he wants to marry a somebody. But the Fates of the cinematic plot set things in motion, all towards a happy ending, fortunately. After all, this is a comedy.
Jayne Mansfield is a sheer delight as Georgianna, and for her to be so stunning blonde bombshell with a size 44 who wants to be a housewife is a dream come true for males. She is the dream for the men in the 1950's and maybe that perfect woman who would be appreciated by men even today. The Keirsey analysis would classify Georgianna as a Provider Guardian, an expressive, friendly, loyal, traditional, and organized person. I would sure love to have her as a mother. Tom Miller would probably be a Crafter Artisan, which is a perfect match according to Keirsey. As the song "Ready Teddy" says, "she's got a lot of what they call the most."
Frank Tashlin's sight gags involving the men's reaction to Jerri are hilarious. When she sways by the ice man, the block of ice he's lifting from the truck instantly melts into a puddle down the truck bed.
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