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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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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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IT'S GOT THE HEAT! AND THE BEAT! for your happiest time! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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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

This was the first of two comedies that Frank Tashlin adapted the screenplay for and directed which starred Jayne Mansfield, the other being Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) . Tashlin once said, "There's nothing in the world to me that's funnier than big breasts." 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!
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Cool It Baby
(uncredited)
Written by Carroll Coates and Lionel Newman
Performed by Eddie Fontaine at the Jungle Room
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er, it's a comedy, folks!
7 August 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

I always chuckle when comments moan about some film they review seriously which Helen Keller could tell is made to be a ridiculous comedy. Hey, like THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT for example. How's this for the full hurricane force of the fun of it all: On Saturday June 11th 2005, as part of the Sydney Film Festival, there was a screening at the 2300 seat Sydney cinema treasurebox THE STATE THEATRE. Guess how many turned up: go on...have a guess...give up? well would you believe...... 2300 people !!! at $12.50 a ticket!! all ready to shatter the chandeliers and lift the roof in unison shrieking and howling with glee at this hilarious musical farce designed to do no more than outrageously entertain. And it did. Maybe best seen like this in a crowded picture palace of good natured punters keen to have communal cinema bliss, but I do believe it was all the rage back in 1956 as well, with Jayne doing Marilyn and Ewell leering and looking sideways. Fab deluxe colour never looked better and with a roster of glamour clad stars, all giving us their all for the FOX/Tashlin schedule it works superbly for 91 minutes of pure 50s delight. Yes it is funny! It's supposed to be! Just enjoy it. Or move to Australia.


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