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The Girl Can't Help It [DVD]

Tom Ewell , Jayne Mansfield , Frank Tashlin    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, Edmond O'Brien, Julie London, Ray Anthony
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Writers: Frank Tashlin, Garson Kanin, Herbert Baker
  • Producers: Frank Tashlin
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IAQG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,578 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Jayne Mansfield stars as an archetypal 'dumb blonde' in the very first Technicolour rock'n'roll musical. Her Mafia lover (Edmond O'Brien) is determined that she should secure pop stardom, despite her lack of any discernible talent. To this end he entrusts her into the care of a down-on-his-luck agent (Tom Ewell), who strives to make her record a hit, even though she only strikes one (piercing) note during the whole song. This satire on the music biz features legendary appearances from the likes of Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Little Richard.

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The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] [DVD] (2004) Tom Ewell; Jayne Mansfield; John Emery

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A figure made to squeeze! 4 Nov 2004
By Graham
The most important and best Rock'N'Roll film of the 1950's. This film stands way above the rest in that it was obviously made with an above average budget and is in colour - and what a cast!
Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Fats Domino,The Treniers, Eddie Fontaine and the 3 Chuckles, (Uh?), never heard of em? me neither. This film also stars a young Eddie Cochran singing 20 Flight Rock. Eddie was cast as an Elvis impersonator specifically for the film and although he had cut records before,this was the platform to the big time. It is nearly 20 years since I last saw this film on the BBC in the early 80's. Was it worth the wait? You betcha!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Girl Can't Help It is like a live-action Tex Avery cartoon - Jayne Mansfield even looks like Swingshift Cinderella herself, while Edmond O'Brien channels both Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd at times - although it's directed by another animator, Frank Tashlin, whose pen-and-ink work never quite dared to go this far. Smut is present in every scene, whether it be Mansfield holding two jugs of milk, or the outrageous milkman sight gag you cannot believe they got past the censors. The plot is a reworking of Born Yesterday but much, much funnier and a lot more likeable, with a mostly well-integrated array of rock'n'roll hits of the day from an impressive line-up of everyone from Gene Vincent to Fats Domino via Abby Lincoln and Eddie Cochrane, not to mention the mandatory Little Richard. Yet for all the energy, perhaps the single most effective musical moment is Tom Ewell seeing old flame Julie London everywhere he turns when he hears Cry Me a River. The color is stunning in this 2.55:1 widescreen transfer, a big surprise for the usually lackluster DeLuxe color system. Perfectly joyous, and without an ounce of padding. Damn, it's catching!

Where the US DVD includes a historical audio commentary, documentary on Mansfield and trailers, Second sight's UK DVD includes an interview with kitsch director John Waters on the film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It needs to be said... 3 Sep 2010
By SeaWasp
Yes, this is probably the best 1950s rock'n'roll movie ever and I am happy to have a copy. One quibble: my Second Sight dvd may very well be in the original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio but it is NOT anamorphic! It is widescreen but 4:3, so you'll need to zoom up the picture ...and in doing so it will lose quality. A shame!

The excellent 20-minute featurette with John Waters IS in anamorphic widescreen. As Tom Ewell says at the start of the movie: "Sometimes you wonder who's minding the store..!!"
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lacklustre transfer on Second Sight DVD 10 May 2010
The DVD is advertised as 2.55 in 16:9 format but in fact its squashed onto 4:3, non-anamorphic, that means that two thirds of your screen is black bars unless you zoom, and when you zoom you get a fairly lacklustre picture. Now the real shocking thing is that this DVD also comes with a featurette where John Waters talks about the film and clips are shown throughout, and you guessed it, the featurette is in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen and the clips they show are brilliantly dazzling and in anamorphic widescreen.
Really, I'd like to know what Second Sight were thinking. Good though the featurette is, I would like the film to be the item in stunning quality instead. Very Poor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHIMMY WITH A CAPITAL "S" 3 Mar 2011
The opening sequence shots to the 1956 comedy musical film "The Girl Can't Help It", starring Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell, contains arguably the sexiest, hip-swivelling, shimmy ever recorded on celluloid, and all set to Little Richard's pulsating, exciting, 'stand-up-hair-on-back-of-neck' rock'n'roll number unsurprisingly called "The Girl Can't Help It"!

The possessor of a remarkable gravity defying hour glass figure, Ms. Mansfield was quoted for saying "You gotta have a body", and "most girls don't know what to do with what they've got". Let me confirm that she sure had a body and boy knew exactly what to do with it big time!

The music takes centre stage in the film with artists such as Eddie Fontaine, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, The Platters, Julie London, and of course Little Richard with two further rock classics, contributing to a wonderfully 'evocative-of-the-50's' sound score.

The story revolves around a mobster (Edmond O'Brien) wanting his girlfriend (Mansfield), despite her seeming lack of talent, to be a singing star, and hires alcoholic press agent (Ewell) to promote her because he never makes sexual advances towards his female clients. Guessed the rest? Yes she does have a half decent voice leading to a television spot , and of course Ewell and Mansfield fall in love and incur the wrath of O'Brien and his merry assassins. And is there a happy ending? Don't be silly of course there is with the film ending with the love birds kissing on their honeymoon.

The story is purely a comedic clothesline on which to hang out some absolutely stonkin' early unadulterated rock'n'roll music performed by some iconic artistes but, nevertheless, is a highly joyous entertainment experience. Titillating, amusing, and musically stirring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cant help but love it 4 Aug 2009
By Tess
I've always loved this film. The storyline is funny, the music great and a fine cast do justice to a very witty script - and all this in glorious de-luxe colour. Tom Ewell is,as always, excellent and Edmond O'Brien terrific as Fats, the rock and rolling gangster. And then there's Jayne Mansfield. She couldn't dance. couldn't sing and her acting was only so-so. But Jayne had other outstanding assets...Definitely one of the best rock-inspired movies ever made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Can't Help It !!!
What a brilliant movie !! Many people say Mansfield was like a poor mans Monroe, however I disagree. Read more
Published 7 days ago by MISS M.
3.0 out of 5 stars THE GIRL CANT HELP IT DVD
Another film let down by 4.3 letterbox version, the year is 2014 and we still get 4.3 letterbox version releases. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Deione
Thank you for sending the DVD so quickly. I love this film and will watch it as soon as I can.

The film had 'Cry me a River' in it and I love that song and some other... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen Deione
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD The Girl Can't Help It
Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell and Edmund O'Brien working at top notch throughout the film. Although Jayne Mansfield and Ton Ewell are, I am told, the top rated stars, for me it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Herbie Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Rock & Roll
It's one of the best rock and roll films ever made. Great songs and a wonderful performance from James Mansfield, oh, and Little Richard, etc, etc.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Edward J Tyner
5.0 out of 5 stars Real cool man!
As an ex Teddy Boy who still loves rock 'n' roll, this has always been a favourite of mine. Great music and Jayne Mansfield, what more could you ask for? Read more
Published 3 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie.
I first saw this movie whenI was a teenager and I my opinion still stands up today as one of the best examples of rock'n'roll music. It still has amazing appeal to my generation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eric J. Noble
4.0 out of 5 stars great film of yesteryear
You must buy this if only to watch the performances of oldies pop idols. The humour seems corny now but Jayne Mansfield! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Humphrey J. Jansz
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM BUT LACKING
This a great film and is a must fans of Jayne Mansfield.The picture quality is good but is squashed making it to narrow across the screen. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Ryall
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear girl!
The music is good and dear, dear lovely M is what really men like to see what ever the history is.
Published 9 months ago by Inge Hansen
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