The Girl Can't Help It [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

The Girl Can't Help It [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Frank Tashlin Cast: Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
, Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield
, Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
, Julie London
Julie London
Frank Tashlin
The Girl Can't Help It [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

The Girl Can't Help It [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Frank Tashlin Cast: Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
, Jayne Mansfield
Jayne Mansfield
, Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
, Julie London
Julie London
Frank Tashlin

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Overview

The inimitable writer-director Frank Tashlin once more aims his satiric barbs at modern culture (modern 1950s culture, that is) in The Girl Can't Help It. Much of the film is dominated by Edmond O'Brien as mob boss Murdock, who while serving a term in federal prison becomes a singing sensation with his hit tune "Rock Around the Rock Pile." Once he's sprung, Murdock hires impoverished agent Tom Miller (Tom Ewell), not to promote his own career, but to turn his curvaceous lady friend Jerri Jordan (Jayne Mansfield) into a star. Alas, Jerri has no singing or acting talent whatsoever, a fact that she's eager and willing to admit. A domestic type at heart, all Jerri really wants out of life is to marry Murdock, so that she can clean his house, cook his meals and raise his children. When Murdock refuses to grant her wishes, Jerri falls in love with Tom instead.

Every so often, director Tashlin takes time out from the plot to poke fun at such technical marvels as CinemaScope and Technicolor, and to lampoon the American male's fixation on female bosoms and bottoms (at one point, Jayne Mansfield leans towards the camera, her cleavage exposed as far as the censors will allow, and plaintively asks Tom Ewell if he believes that she's equipped for motherhood). While much of the humor in the film is dated, The Girl Can't Help It is an invaluable record of the pop-music scene of the 1950s, featuring such guest artists as Julie London (playing Tom Ewell's dream girl), Ray Anthony, Fats Domino, The Platters, Little Richard and his Band, Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps, the Treniers, Eddie Fontaine, Abbey Lincoln and Eddie Cochran.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2022
UPC: 0715515270915
Original Release: 1956
Source: Criterion Collection
Language: English
Sales rank: 9,915

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Ewell Tom Miller
Jayne Mansfield Jerri Jordan
Edmond O'Brien Marty 'Fats' Murdock
Julie London Herself
Henry Jones Mousie
John Emery `Legs' Wheeler
Juanita Moore Hilda, The Maid
Barry Gordon Himself
Ray Anthony Himself
Little Richard Himself
Fats Domino Himself
Gene Vincent Himself
Eddy Fontaine Himself,Himself
Abbey Lincoln Herself
Johnny Olenn Himself
Nino Tempo Himself
Eddie Cochran Himself
Sue Carlton Teenager
Richard Collier Milkman
Alex Frazer Rogers
Barry J. Gordon Himself
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps Themselves
Leigh Harline Composer
Lionel Newman Composer

Technical Credits
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Frank Tashlin Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Herbert Baker Screenwriter
Garson Kanin Screenwriter
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
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