Jayne Mansfield Collection

Jayne Mansfield Collection

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Director: Frank Tashlin, Jayne Mansfield, Raoul Walsh, Kenneth More

Cast: Frank Tashlin, Jayne Mansfield, Raoul Walsh, Kenneth More

     
 
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

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:
08/08/2006
UPC:
0024543228318
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
4:52:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jayne Mansfield Primary Artist,Rita Marlowe,Jerri Jordan,Kate
Kenneth More Jonathan Tibbs
Tom Ewell Tom Miller
Tony Randall Rock Hunter
Betsy Drake Jenny
Edmond O'Brien Marty Murdock
Robert Morley Uncle Lucius
Henry Jones Mousie
Joan Blondell Violet
Ronald Squire Tonbee
David Horne James
Julie London Herself
Mickey Hargitay Bobo Branigansky
Henry Hull Mayor Masters
John Williams Le Salle Jr.
Ray Anthony Himself
John Emery Wheeler

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director
Raoul Walsh Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Girl Can't Help It
1. A Story of Music/Main Titles [3:17]
2. 942 Park Avenue [3:05]
3. Autobiographies [6:22]
4. Miss Jerri Jordan [4:00]
5. She's Domestic [5:11]
6. Ready Teddy [1:29]
7. Six Months to Stardom [2:51]
8. Cool It Baby [1:20]
9. Cinnamon Sinner [1:57]
10. Spread the Word [2:39]
11. Julie London [1:42]
12. Cry Me a River [3:35]
13. More Than Just a Girl [6:35]
14. There's No Getting Out of the Deal [5:49]
15. Rehearsals [4:32]
16. Breaking the News to Murdock [2:43]
17. 20 Flight Rock [1:40]
18. Fats' Demands [2:47]
19. Rock Around the Rock Pile [1:36]
20. Thanksgiving Day [4:01]
21. Spying [2:09]
22. Mousie's Good Deed [2:44]
23. Rockin' Is Our Business [1:49]
24. Wheeler Music Enterprises [1:56]
25. Putting Murdock in His Place [4:07]
26. The Jukebox War [3:01]
27. Blue Monday [1:40]
28. The Real Thing/You'll Never Never Know [4:01]
29. Every Time [2:48]
30. Saving Murdock (Twice) [3:43]
31. That's the Story [1:21]
32. Fats' Last Word/End Titles [:29]
Disc #2 -- Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
1. Tony's Introduction [4:28]
2. LSJRP&C [1:30]
3. Bad News [4:33]
4. Seclusion [2:44]
5. Femme Fatale [1:19]
6. Fan Club President [2:32]
7. Those Kissable Lips [4:24]
8. Finding Rita [4:13]
9. Influential Ad Man [5:03]
10. Lover Doll [3:06]
11. Fame [7:00]
12. Business Arrangement [3:10]
13. Potent Kisses [1:53]
14. Trying to Forget [4:40]
15. Working Out [3:16]
16. Rabid Fans [3:46]
17. Practice Makes Perfect [4:39]
18. Too Much Exercise [2:52]
19. Big Screen, Clear Picture [2:07]
20. What Is Success? [6:06]
21. Just Like Rita [2:43]
22. You Got It Made [3:26]
23. Mr. Successful [2:09]
24. Parental Approval [2:10]
25. Making It [2:50]
26. Average Joe [2:57]
27. No Commercials [1:44]
28. Being Happy [1:08]
Disc #3 -- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
1. Main Titles [1:47]
2. Looking for Mr. Jonathan [1:36]
3. Driving Into the Future [2:15]
4. Where Guns Sell [3:25]
5. Ignorant Diplomacy [7:42]
6. A Legend in Short Time [4:56]
7. Strolling Down the Lane With Bill [2:29]
8. Three Days a Week [5:41]
9. If the San Francisco Hills Could Only Talk [2:12]
10. Taking Care of Keeno [5:40]
11. Doggone That Derringer [7:17]
12. Guarding Her Garter [4:39]
13. Hitting Their Marks [4:00]
14. In the Valley of Love (Reprise) [4:16]
15. All Kinds of Guns [10:19]
16. Son of a Chief [6:39]
17. The Great Reward [2:39]
18. Rough Trade [9:11]
19. Fracas in Fractured Jaw [9:57]
20. In-laws, Outlaws and Wedding Bells [6:17]

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Jayne Mansfield Collection 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding movie. I am so shocked at how well done it is. Jane Mansfield does a remarkable job, she makes this film work. Tom Ewell is far better than in Some like it hot. Edmond O'Brien also does an outstanding job. This film is so fun to watch. The 50's music it self makes the movie worth watching. The plot is such that you could rerelease the film today and have it relevant to modern life. Change the cars and away you go. The actors played their roles straight without being "campy". I loved it.
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