The Girl Can't Help It
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A veritable Parthenon of vulgarity and a supremely unfunny comedy that is pure eau de Fifty-Six."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"If Tashlin had had the nerve, he would have romantically paired Jayne Mansfield with Little Richard and set race relations in the United States forward by about thirty years."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Not one of Tashlin's better efforts."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Tashlin demonstrated an innate knowledge of the capacties offered by the Cinescope canvas."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Sure, the scenery is splashy and sporty in color and CinemaScope. But the show is as meager and witless as a cheap pin-up magazine joke."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A sweet little fifties gem that should be viewed for the endearing tale and of course, who doesn't love Ms. Mansfield?..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Years before Kenneth Anger, Frank Tashlin located the decadent Babylon in Hollywood and found it not that different from the splashy Looney Tunes bonanzas he used to fashion during his salad days as an animator."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"It's a great looking great sounding movie."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Tashlin's savage lampoon of American notions of success and fulfillment is hilarious and genuinely appealing."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A pungent satire on the worlds of PR and rock music."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wild combination of cartoonish farce with seminal rock performances. Those milk bottles!"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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