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The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  1 December 1956 (USA)
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Gangster hires down-and-out press agent to make his blonde bimbo girlfriend a singing star.

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A down-and-out gangster hires an alcoholic press agent to make his blonde bombshell girlfriend a recording star in 6 weeks. But what is he going to do when he finds out that she has no talent? And what is going to happen when the two fall in love? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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BABY, IT'S THE GREATEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Music

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1 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Schlagerpiraten  »

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Trivia

This was the first of two comedies that Frank Tashlin adapted the screenplay for and directed which starred Jayne Mansfield, the other being Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) . Tashlin once said, "There's nothing in the world to me that's funnier than big breasts." See more »

Goofs

In Toby Miller's commentary in the 2006 DVD release of "The Girl Can't Help It", he erroneously says that Little Richard is singing the song "The Girl Can't Help It" in his appearance with his band *in the nightclub scene*. Little Richard is actually singing his hit titled "Ready Teddy" in that scene. See more »

Quotes

Tom Miller: You don't want a career?
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Spoofs The King and I (1956) See more »

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Spread the Word
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Written by Bob Russell
Sung by Abbey Lincoln at the Late Place Club
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er, it's a comedy, folks!
7 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I always chuckle when comments moan about some film they review seriously which Helen Keller could tell is made to be a ridiculous comedy. Hey, like THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT for example. How's this for the full hurricane force of the fun of it all: On Saturday June 11th 2005, as part of the Sydney Film Festival, there was a screening at the 2300 seat Sydney cinema treasurebox THE STATE THEATRE. Guess how many turned up: go on...have a guess...give up? well would you believe...... 2300 people !!! at $12.50 a ticket!! all ready to shatter the chandeliers and lift the roof in unison shrieking and howling with glee at this hilarious musical farce designed to do no more than outrageously entertain. And it did. Maybe best seen like this in a crowded picture palace of good natured punters keen to have communal cinema bliss, but I do believe it was all the rage back in 1956 as well, with Jayne doing Marilyn and Ewell leering and looking sideways. Fab deluxe colour never looked better and with a roster of glamour clad stars, all giving us their all for the FOX/Tashlin schedule it works superbly for 91 minutes of pure 50s delight. Yes it is funny! It's supposed to be! Just enjoy it. Or move to Australia.


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