46 user 30 critic

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 1 December 1956 (USA)
2:41 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Gangster hires down-and-out press agent to make his blonde bimbo girlfriend a singing star.



(screenplay), (screenplay)
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake
The Sorcerers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations, of his subjects. He and his wife Estelle test the technique on Mike... See full summary »

Director: Michael Reeves
Stars: Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey, Elizabeth Ercy
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Jayne takes us on a review of her last world tour. She takes us through Rome, shares a fantasy about Roman athletes, and then is off to Cannes. She takes a trip to the nudist colony on the ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles W. Broun Jr., Joel Holt, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Robert Jason, Fernand Aubrey
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Dancer George Raft (Ray Danton) finds himself involved with the criminal underworld. After a conflict with gangster boss Frank Donatella (Joe de Santis), he is exiled to Hollywoood, where ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Ray Danton, Jayne Mansfield, Julie London
Illegal (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A frustrated big-band promoter runs in to rock-and-rollers Bill Haley and the Comets at a small-town dance. He quickly becomes their manager and, with the help of Alan Freed, hopes to bring... See full summary »

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

New York tourist Tony Curtis falls asleep on a Southern California beach on his first night in the West and wakes up to The New Phantasmagoria--catamarans, surfers (including a dog), ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Webber
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The fall of a blonde, Mansfield, from innocence to prostitution. Mansfield died before the movie was completed.

Director: Matt Cimber
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Dorothy Keller, Fabian Dean
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In sunny St. Tropez, a young sexpot loves one brother but marries the other.

Director: Roger Vadim
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Music


Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

1 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schlagerpiraten  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In this film, Eddie Cochran performs "Twenty Flight Rock". That song's influence was so great across the Atlantic in Liverpool, England, that Paul McCartney's ability to memorize the words and perform the song impressed John Lennon enough to ask him to join his group, then known as "The Quarrymen", which later became The Beatles. 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 »


Jerri Jordan: Pretty is just how good you apply your base.
See more »


Spoofed in Pink Flamingos (1972) See more »


Blue Monday
Written by David Bartholomew and Fats Domino
Performed by Fats Domino
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Bad movie, great music
9 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes films which aren't very good as cinema are nevertheless interesting for special reasons. The Girl Can't Help It is a good example. The story, a combination gangster comedy and satire on music business hype, is basically a device on which to hang innumerable leering shots of Jayne Mansfield's astonishing body, including one which has become iconic of 1950s vulgarity: Mansfield chatting innocently away while holding two fresh jugs of milk against her chest. Mansfield is so exaggeratedly curvaceous here that she looks almost like a cartoon -- and in fact this, along with the obviousness of the humor, the stereotyped characters, and even the garish Deluxe color, all reflect director Frank Tashlin's extensive background in animation: the film is as close as you can come to making a cartoon with an ordinary movie camera.

But all these flaws are irrelevant to the film's real value as a precious and glorious record of early rock and roll music: it serves up thick slabs of amazing performances by Little Richard! The Platters! Gene Vincent! Eddie Cochran! Fats Domino! Abbie Lincoln! And several other less well remembered rock acts of the day. Additionally, we get a generous serving of the great pop/jazz singer Julie London, which shows us why she was said to define sultriness.

The film is also interesting as a social document showing the strange, breast-obsessed, puritanical/voyeuristic sexual milieu of the 1950s -- this is the world of "the urban male," which generated Playboy magazine.

The bottom line: all in all a rather silly movie, but a fascinating period piece.

Should you see it? Yes, if you're at all interested in rock and roll.

Advisory: no explicit sex, violence, or bad language, but a lot of leering nudge-nudge puerile sexual innuendo.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I love Jayneee.... pie_ironside
Bill Haley and the Comets biancabangkok
The red car Jayne drove to the beach rivieran
Possibly finally a US region-1 DVD release?!?! incrowd
What song does she sing? oOfaeryOo
you know, its amazing - dooncan
Discuss The Girl Can't Help It (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page