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The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

Approved | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Platters ...
Little Richard and His Band ...
Themselves (as Little Richard and his Band)
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps ...
Themselves (as Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps)
The Treniers ...
Eddie Fontaine ...


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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IT'S GOT THE HEAT! AND THE BEAT! for your happiest time! See more »


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Release Date:

1 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schlagerpiraten  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Production began on the film in mid-September 1956 just as Jayne Mansfield was finishing up her Broadway triumph in the play "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" The film was made just in time to be released for the Christmas season in 1956. See more »


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 »


Tom Miller: You don't want a career?
Jerri Jordan: I just want to be a wife. Have kids. But everyone figures me for a sexpot! No one thinks I'm equipped for motherhood!
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Referenced in Death Scenes 2 (1992) See more »


Written by Mel Leven and Tony Iavello
Performed by Jayne Mansfield (dubbed by Eileen Wilson), accompanied by Ray Anthony and his band
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Uproarious Showbiz Send Up
21 July 1999 | by (Los Angeles, Ca.) – See all my reviews

One of the just plain funniest satires. Frank Tashlin has fun with and merrily tears apart our obsession with big boobs, celebrity, gangster films, the aburdity of Cinemascope and just about anything else in the line of fire. I avoided this film for years, thinking it would be trash. It is instead a very smart film about our love of trash. Tom Ewell is just great as the erst-while agent, literally scared for his life. Jayne Maynesfield is Jayne Maynesfield and, believe me, it is acting. Edmund O'Brien gives one of the most hilarious, over-the-top performances ever. A perfect farce performance of some one who thinks he is much better and important than he is. And the rock numbers in it are priceless. If you are fan of early real rock, see this film. The REAL rock 'n roll.

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