The Girl Can't Help It
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

In this satirical comedy, mobster Fats Murdock (Edmond O'Brien) wants his talentless girlfriend, Jerri Jordan (Jayne Mansfield), to become a star, so he hires Tom Miller (Tom Ewell), an unsuccessful agent, to do just that. As Tom and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1956
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A veritable Parthenon of vulgarity and a supremely unfunny comedy that is pure eau de Fifty-Six.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Not one of Tashlin's better efforts.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sweet little fifties gem that should be viewed for the endearing tale and of course, who doesn't love Ms. Mansfield?...

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

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.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Tashlin's savage lampoon of American notions of success and fulfillment is hilarious and genuinely appealing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A pungent satire on the worlds of PR and rock music.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Wild combination of cartoonish farce with seminal rock performances. Those milk bottles!

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
It's the old story of the gangster who wants his girl to be a star that's the plot for this movie, and it's a very funny plot. Together with… More