The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Rock Musical  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Another wild, cartoon-like satire from director Frank Tashlin's '50s heyday, The Girl Can't Help It takes on the then-new rock & roll explosion. If Tashlin has fun with the subject, he must also realize that he's found the perfect musical correlative for his vision. A scene in which Jayne Mansfield wreaks havoc by simply walking a street filled with excitable men, accompanied by Little Richard's title track, is alone worth the price of admission, but it's a credit to Tashlin's skill that it's only one of many. Anchoring the absurd asides is a fine performance by Tom Ewell, who lends his protagonist a great deal of sympathy, just as Tony Randall did in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Also, as in that other film, Mansfield proves herself a far more adept comedienne than usually credited. A guest roster of bona fide rock & roll legends only solidifies the appeal of one of Tashlin's boldest and best efforts.