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.