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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A figure made to squeeze!
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...
Published on 4 Nov 2004 by Graham

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2.0 out of 5 stars lacklustre transfer on Second Sight DVD
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...
Published on 10 May 2010 by Real Films Fan


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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
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtually a live-action cartoon - and all the funnier for it!, 10 Oct 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
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
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SeaWasp (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
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
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DOPPLEGANGER (TEDDY B) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
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
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Tess (Rugby, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cinematic Joy!, 11 Dec 2008
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
I just had to comment on the 1 star review here, I just do not recognise where this person is coming from. As you will see fro other reviewers the quality of this DVD is excellent.

To the film itself, it is a wonderful companion piece to that other great Tom Ewell classic Seven Year Itch [1955] with the other blonde bombshell Marilyn Munroe. I am a great fan of that movies and thought Munroe was ultimate foil to Ewell's "ordinary Joe" character but Mansfield here puts in a stunning performance. Her performance is far more knowing than Munroe's and I think on balance it is The Girl Can't Help It that comes out on top.

Although this seems like an antagonism to the feminist cause, in as much as the Jerri Jordan character just wants to be a housewife with a husband and children to care for, it is also a challenge to the stereotyped perception of the blonde bombshell as shallow and ditsy.

The constant innuendo is also delivered with some style as it is never done in such a way as to offend the innocent.

The big star of the movie, aside from Ewell, Mansfield and the excellent Ed O'Brien as Fats Murdock is the music. Rarely has an attempt to shoehorn popular music into a movie worked so well as it does here. Anyone considering a pop music exploitation movie (and I do not use that term in a negative sense) should watch this move firms to se how it is done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a star effort!, 26 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
This was the very first film to seriously look at rock n roll. You might question therefore what the hell the Treniers and Ray Anthony and His Band are doing in a ROCK film, then,but both had already more than held their own on rock package tours across the USA,so there!

It features a brief glimpse of Eddie Cochran,a briefer glimpse of Gene Vincent,but plenty of Fats Domino and a lot of Little Richard. He is as mental as ever on stage and nearly succeeds in stealing the film with each of his 4 numbers.

The other issue explored sensitively here is one of the greatest mysteries of the 1950's. Why DID so many Hollywood blondes fail to buy their sweaters in the right sizes between about 1956-1960? Alternatively,why didn't these girls find a washing powder that didn't shrink the said sweaters 3 sizes every time?

It's a credit to other actors(Tom Euell & Edmund O'Brien)and the rock acts that you can concentrate on their performances,at least sometimes,without forever wondering why Jayne Mansfield looks like she's been shot in the back with a couple of guided missiles. The question does come back to haunt you occasionally, just like the ghost of Julie London & her hit recording of Cry Me A River keeps haunting Tom Ewell,until he finally pulls Jayne!

Anyway, it is a fun film,the music is wonderful and the fact is most people concerned acted as if this was something we'd all soon forget in a few months. Maybe that little error of judgement is why it's still so fondly regarded;every one had a darn good time making it,and most people have had a damn good time in the last 52 years watching it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Can't Help It DVD., 8 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
Without doubt THE best of the bunch, when it comes to movies featuring Pure Rock 'n' Roll Acts of the 1950's, it is funny, no, hilarious and very entertaining.
It goes without saying that the music is Gold plated, but probably, only if you are of that certain age when these films were the ONLY way we in Britain could experience THE music that gave birth to it all.
Jayne Mansfield was a surprisingly good actress, if you take it in the spirit it was intended. Tom Ewell is superb. Well worth it. Of course it also in Colour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 13 July 2011
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This review is from: The Girl Can't Help It [DVD] (DVD)
This has got to be the best Rock n Roll film ever! Great songs and bands, gorgeous colour, amazing 50's outfits and Jayne Mansfield at her best! Brilliant!
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