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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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Music

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1 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Schlagerpiraten  »

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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Barry the paperboy: [after Jerri Jordan walks by] If that's a girl, then I don't know what my sister is!
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Plaisir d'Amour
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PASSABLE COMEDY, VISUALLY OUTSTANDING MUSICAL ACTS
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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