The Girl Can't Help It (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Girl Can't Help It1956

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)



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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 Jerri work together to make her a rock & roll sensation, they begin to develop more than a working relationship. This film features appearances by Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, and Little Richard.


Tom Ewell
as Tom Miller
Jayne Mansfield
as Jerri Jordan
Edmond O'Brien
as Marty 'Fats' Murdock
Julie London
as Herself
John Emery
as `Legs' Wheeler
Juanita Moore
as Hilda, The Maid
Ray Anthony
as Himself
Fats Domino
as Himself
Gene Vincent
as Himself
Johnny Olenn
as Himself
Nino Tempo
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Can't Help It

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

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

August 22, 2006

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.

August 8, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

August 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

Tashlin demonstrated an innate knowledge of the capacties offered by the Cinescope canvas.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl Can't Help It


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 good actors and a rock soundtrack, this is a great movie, I loved it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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