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The Girl Can't Help It (1956) Poster

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According to Paul McCartney, he and John Lennon were underage when the film was released, and sneaked into the theater by wearing fake mustaches to make themselves look older. The movie is one of their earlier musical influences.
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In this film, Eddie Cochran performs "Twenty Flight Rock". That song's influence was so great across the Atlantic in Liverpool, England, that Paul McCartney's ability to memorize the words and perform the song impressed John Lennon enough to ask him to join his group, then known as "The Quarrymen", which later became The Beatles.
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On 9/18/68 The Beatles interrupted recording "Birthday" at Abbey Road Studios so they could go back to Paul McCartney 'shouse to watch the British TV premiere of the film.
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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.
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In addition to [xxxxx] and Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck--guitarists extraordinaire and both in the "British Invasion" band The Yardbirds--cited this movie as a monumental influence on them. Page was later to form Led Zeppelin and Beck has a solo career unparalleled. Beck described this film as "being the best rock & roll movie ever filmed!"
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The wedding dress that Jayne Mansfield wears was loaned to her to use for her real-life marriage to Mickey Hargitay in 1958.
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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."
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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.
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In the opening scene, Fats is speaking to Tom about being homesick for the US and begins reciting a poem: "Breathes there a man with soul so dead... You know it?" and Tom nods. The line is from Walter Scott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel".
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In the prologue, just after Tom Ewell mentions "...Color by DeLuxe" for the second time, he says, "Sometimes you wonder who's minding the store!" Frank Tashlin must have liked this phrase, because he directed Who's Minding the Store? (1963), which starred Jerry Lewis, seven years later.
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Teddy Randazzo, who performs "Cinnamon Sinner" with his group "The Chuckles", almost a decade later would compose "Goin' Out Of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad", mega-hits for Little Anthony and the Imperials.
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As has been noted, nm0511085[xxxxx] performs her number wearing a gown previously worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Another costume from that film appears in a later scene backstage at the theater, when Tom Ewell passes a chorus girl on the stairs. She is wearing the outfit in which Jane Russell performed "Diamond Are A Girl's Best Friend" in the courtroom.
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Abbey Lincoln, who is performing "Spread the Word" in the nightclub scene with Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell, is wearing a costume that was previously worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Lincoln later admitted in an interview that she burned the dress in an incinerator.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 10 seconds
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Some reference sources and websites erroneously suggest that Bill Haley and the Comets appear in this film. They do not.
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It has been mentioned a number of times that this film influenced the early careers of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. You can see that Little Richard's bass guitarist is playing an electric bass with a violin-shaped body. It's interesting to speculate that this influenced McCartney's choice of a Hofner violin-shaped bass in the early days of The Beatles.
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