Jane Mansfield, The Girl Can’t Help It, (1956)

A satirical look at modern culture in the 1950s, The Girl Can’t Help It, starring Jane Mansfield, Tom Ewell and Edmond O’Brien. O’Brien plays Mob Boss Murdock, who makes a hit record while in Federal prison, “Rock Around the Rock Pile”- clearly a pun on Elvis Presley’s hit song “Jail House Rock” and the popular hit “Rock Around the Clock”, recorded by Bill Haley and his Comets in 1954. When he gets out he hires down-and-out agent Tom Miller (Tom Ewell) to make his sexy blonde girl friend a star. In just 6 weeks. Or else!

Jerri Jordon (Mansfield) can’t sing or dance, has no talent, and is not interested in being a star at all; she just wants to marry Murdock, have babies and clean her house for her husband. That’s all any woman wanted in the 1950’s, right?

Without being too big of a spoiler, Murdock ignores Jerri’s desires, and she turns to the scruffy agent Tom Miller. She may or may not fall in love with him…

This film is so full of celebrities and musical acts from the fifties – Little Richard, Fats Domino, Julie London, Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps, Ray Anthony, the Platters -you may as well just watch the film trailer, here, to see them all; I’ve counted 15:

This film is not currently available on Netflix, so you’ll have to keep your eyes on the lookout for this on a cable network.

 

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