The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

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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 <>

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1 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Producers wanted Elvis Presley to perform in the movie, but Tom Parker demanded too much money for Elvis to sing one song. 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 »


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Written by Mel Leven and Tony Iavello
Performed by Eileen Wilson, accompanied by Ray Anthony and his band
Jayne Mansfield singing voice
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17 October 2004 | by (Pasadena, Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was released in 1956. It was the first production for mainstream audiences to feature top R&B and R&R acts in color. My contemporaries were particularly delighted to see Little Richard, Fats Domino and The Platters on screen in color for the first time. I made a VHS copy from a cable TV screening, but later purchased a legal VHS release, only to find that the cable screening used a better copy, both audio and video wise.

The only complaint I have about the film is that every one of the musical acts is interrupted by dialog.

Despite that, especially for nostalgia buffs, it's still well-worth getting.

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