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Jayne Mansfield Collection (The Girl Can't Help It / The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw / Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)
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**All three titles are available for the first time on DVD in the giftset for $49.98 & $69.98.**
Episode Description: Disc 1: Girl Can't Help It Disc 2: Sheriff of Fractured Jaw Disc 3: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
- Commentary by Toby Miller on The Girl Can't Help It
- Commentary by film historian Dana Polan on Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
- A&E Biography episode "Jayne Mansfield: Blonde Ambition
- Fox Movietone News footage "Nation's Capital Scene of Texan Get-Together"
- Still galleries
- Original theatrical trailers
- Exclusive collection of postcard-size lobby card reproductions
Top Customer Reviews
"The Girl Can't Help It" is unlike any other film of its time, or of any other time for that matter. Equal parts comedy, love story, Hollywood musical, comic book fantasy, crass titillation, live action cartoon, and Rock `n' Roll road show, it somehow succeeds in engaging the viewer to the point that he or she genuinely likes the main characters - even the felonious ones - and inexplicably soaring above and beyond the sum of its parts. Sentimentality is held in check by the adept lunacy of the script and the strategic inclusion of then-embryonic Rock acts, and perhaps it's those acts that cause the film to transcend itself.
The Rock `n' Roll, Rockabilly, and R&B stars, near misses, and never-would-be's featured in TGCHI are showcased regally. This isn't one of those low budget, black and white, Alan Freed-mentored Rocksploitation vehicles so common at the time. While the acts are presented in a traditional manner for popular musicians in movies (similar to the way, say, Glenn Miller or Harry James were in the `40s), they're nevertheless the recipients of some perks that were usually reserved for A-list leading ladies and men, such as dramatic, "heroic" low angle shots, dollying boom shots, eye-popping color by de Luxe, and "the grandeur of Cinemascope", suggesting that something bigger than life was being archived for the ages.Read more ›
of Marilyn Monroe, her films are highly entertaining, campy and great fun.
I am not familiar with The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw, but I rate
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (with Tony Randall) as a little gem of a Cinemascope,
Technicolor comedy. As she does in all her films, Jayne plays
a highly exaggerated parody of Monroe, but brings her own brand of humor
and sweetness to her roles. The Girl Can't Help It (also Technicolor and Cinemascope) has a big bonus because it features some legendary music stars of the 1950s: Fats Domino, The Platters, Gene Vincent and Little Richard. This one's a must for fans of early Rock 'n Roll. I forgot to mention that sultry Julie London sings her huge pop hit, "Cry Me A River".
All the films look beautiful. The colors are rich and fresh as when the films were first released.
The Girl Can't Help It looks most amazing! You will not be disappointed.
This collection is nice. A lot of Mansfield fans have been waiting for "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" and "The Girl Can't Help It" to be realeased on DVD. The one disappointment is the missing movies. Jayne's career included some, albeit, low budget and explotation films, but her career could be better represented. This set would have been more complete with the addition of "Kiss Them For Me", "The Wayward Bus" and "It Happened in Athens". At least that would logically keep on track with her career and offer the viewer a better sampling of her tantalizing, fabulous persona. Unfortunately, this set does limit her as an actress, just has Hollywood did. But Jayne is a treat, in any size portion!
"Girl Can't Help It" includes "Blonde Ambition," an hourlong A&E "Biography" documentary; commentary by "film historian" Toby Miller; and original trailer. Spanish mono and subtitles.
"Will Success Spoil Rock Junter?" with commentary by "film historian" Dana Polan. Brief newsreel clip on Mansfield in the U.S. capital. The English audio actually appears to be in four-channel. Spanish stereo.
"Sheriff of Fractured Jaw" lists only a still gallery and the original theatrical teaser and trailer. French 4.0 LCRS and Spanish subtitles.
THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT - Jayne stars with Tom Ewell (Monroe's comic leading man in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH) in this comedy with music about a record promoter hired by a gangster to promote his talentless mistress into a pop singer. The three leading roles seem perilously close to those from BORN YESTERDAY but with it's three distinctive performers (Edmond O'Brien being the third) it's not that noticable. Jayne plays the girl (duh!!!) who despite her figure resembling a Playboy cartoon really wants to be nothing but a home-loving wife ("Nobody thinks I'm equipped for motherhood" she sighs, as her double D's practically pop out of her dress.) Director Frank Tashlin was a former cartoonist and the movie resembles an animated picture with outrageous sight gags and wacky humor. And the movie is loaded with music numbers that "expresses the culture, the refinement, and polite grace of the present day" - rock n' roll, baby!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Magnificent pack incluiding three films awards Jane Mansfield,without any waste the three,very good quality picture and sound several extras and languages very well presented in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JOSE MARIA LLORENTE
Do you remember when DVDs were prestige items? You know, when each DVD came with a booklet and they might also include lobby cards and other goodies? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr. Petray
I like to watch old movies - just glad society has changed since then.Published 7 months ago by Richard A. Thompson
Tashlin's visual style is unique, and the comedic performances he gets from his actors are great fun!Published 8 months ago by W. W. Spurgeon
A really fun movie. Randall was always good ad,I think Mansfield did a great job.Published 12 months ago by Jackie G Duncan
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