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The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 1 December 1956 (USA)
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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)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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
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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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Rock yourself into your happiest time with THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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 »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some reference sources and websites erroneously suggest that Bill Haley and the Comets appear in this film. They do not. 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

Jerri Jordan: Pretty is just how good you apply your base.
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Alternate Versions

A black and white print of the film has also been shown on television. See more »

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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

She's Got It
(uncredited)
Written by Little Richard and John Marascalco
Performed by Little Richard and The Upsetters
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PASSABLE COMEDY, VISUALLY OUTSTANDING MUSICAL ACTS
17 October 2004 | by jimgroarkSee 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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