6.9/10
2,681
48 user 39 critic

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

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

On Disc

at Amazon

A gangster hires a down-and-out press agent to make his airheaded girlfriend a singing star.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Frank Tashlin (screenplay), Herbert Baker (screenplay)
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

To save his career, a writer for television advertising wants a famous actress to endorse a lipstick. In return, he has to pretend to be her new lover.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Tony Randall, Jayne Mansfield, Betsy Drake
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A French reporter working on a steamy story about the secret strip joints found in London's Soho district becomes involved in the lives of the owner and star of a famous club.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Leo Genn, Karlheinz Böhm
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three thieves rip off a shipment of used money being sent back to the US. As they are escaping the robbery (after having taken a hostage), they wind up on an island in a hotel with an ... See full summary »

Directors: Gustav Gavrin, Richard E. Cunha, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Cameron Mitchell, Dodie Heath
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

"Doctor" Jayne Mansfield is in Italy to show a peer her documentary about mating customs from around the world while at the same time having to deal with two bellhops who have an idea or two about mating with Jayne.

Director: Luigi Scattini
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia
Female Jungle (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Several persons, including an off duty policeman and a weird rich guy, are suspects in the murder of a beautiful actress.

Director: Bruno VeSota
Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Jayne Mansfield, John Carradine
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A Hillbilly hits the big time in Las Vegas.

Director: Arthur C. Pierce
Stars: Ferlin Husky, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey star in this engaging drama based on a novel by John Steinbeck. Three strangers - a stripper (Mansfield), an alcoholic wife (Collins) and a ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Vicas
Stars: Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield, Dan Dailey
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Marton
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Trax Colton, Nico Minardos
The Fat Spy (1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Off the coast of Florida, a nearly-deserted island is rumored to have the fountain of youth. A boatload of teenage kids are headed there for a scavenger hunt. Wellington, the island's ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Cates
Stars: Phyllis Diller, Jack E. Leonard, Brian Donlevy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 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
The Burglar (1957)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After a drunken spree on a cruise ship, two women discover that they're pregnant, and set out to find who the fathers are.

Director: King Donovan
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Ewell ... Tom Miller
Jayne Mansfield ... Jerri Jordan
Edmond O'Brien ... Marty 'Fats' Murdock
Julie London ... Herself
Ray Anthony ... Himself
Barry Gordon ... Barry the Paperboy
Henry Jones ... Mousie
John Emery ... Wheeler
Juanita Moore ... Hilda
Fats Domino ... Himself
The Platters ... Themselves
Little Richard and His Band Little Richard and His Band ... Themselves (as Little Richard and his Band)
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps ... Themselves (as Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps)
The Treniers The Treniers ... Themselves
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Himself
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schlagerpiraten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 10 seconds 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

Barry the paperboy: [runs in with newspaper] Mr. Miller, look, you're in Earl Wilson and Louis Sobol.
Tom Miller: Made it, eh?
[reads from gossip column]
Tom Miller: "At the Trianon, Tom Miller pubbed it with a new find. Her name's a secret, but the rest of her isn't."
Barry the paperboy: Saw her yesterday; she's something!
Tom Miller: She's a girl, Barry. Just a girl.
Barry the paperboy: If she's a girl, then I don't know what my sister is!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in First Daughter (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Spread the Word
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Russell
Sung by Abbey Lincoln at the Late Place Club
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Love It Or Hate It?
6 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Scenes in this movie were either very interesting and funny or they were very stupid and annoying.There was no middle ground.

THE GOOD - One of the interesting parts was seeing some of the early rock performers such as Gene Vincent and Bluecaps, Fats Domino, The Platters and several others. It also was nice to see Julie London in one number. The humor was mainly provided by Tom Ewell, who played a role similar to the one he played in the much-funnier "Seven-Year Itch."

THE BAD - Annoying was Edmund O'Brien, who was parodying a loud-mouth gangster. Well, he was so loud and abrasive it became offensive after just a short time. Mansfield was okay. She was in the movie, obviously, for one thing: show off her mammoth breasts which, with the pointed bras of the day, looked just plain weird and unreal (yeah, I know...they were real!)

Despite the patches of humor and music, the movie as a whole dragged. It was hard to keep interest in this. For its time period, however - the mid '50s - I'm sure this movie must have freaked out a lot of people.


17 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed