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The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

David Lynch , Tom Ewell , Frank Tashlin  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Lynch, Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O'Brien, Julie London
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Producers: Umbrella Entertainment
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 91.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KKUQ72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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), Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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 ...The Girl Can't Help It

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie's got a lot of what they call the most 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Monroe Comparison February 1, 2003
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Live Action Rock n' Roll Cartoon! March 24, 2002
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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
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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
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"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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Item shipped quickly, and received as listed. Thank you!
Published 9 days ago by Kristy C. Gonzales
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not view movie because it was not formatted for ...
Did not view movie because it was not formatted for the region I live in. I find this weird, and should be clearly noted to a buying customer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Minnie
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't help liking it
Great romantic comedy from 1956, featuring Jayne Mansfield in her prime, full of sight gags, one-liners and double entendres. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ron Ginzler
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD would not play
The DVD was defective and would not play. I emailed a complaint to Amazon regarding the vendor Rarewaves-Imports and as of this date I have not received a response. Read more
Published 3 months ago by maddie101
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER CD
This is one hell of a goodie and oldie cd. Several good songs and original stars of the 50s. super.
Published 6 months ago by robertlangelier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. High quality DVD.
Great movie for rock fans. If you're a fan of movies like Cry Baby, you'll love this. The or is typical and is centered around Jane's booty however, the concert cameos are great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kim kiunke
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Can't Help it remembered.
The movie brings back memories. The story line is rather dull. The talented musicians are the best part of this movie. Jayne Mansfield wasn't with us very long. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rosella L. Limon
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
I remember the movie, even though I bought it for a gift. It was fun, good old movie star stuff.
Published 11 months ago by gremlin2
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Classic
This movie is amazing! I'd read references to it in various music magazines but had never seen the movie and had assumed it to be a cheaply produced cash-in on the early days of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Russell Workman
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumb movie, great music
All in all a rather silly movie, but a fascinating period piece. The obviousness of the humor, the stereotyped characters, and even the garish Deluxe color, all reflect director... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jon Corelis
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