The girl can't help it

Platters (Musical group), Blue Caps (Musical group), Treniers (Musical group), Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 20th Century Studios, Cinemascope (Firm)

DVD - 2022

In 1956, Frank Tashlin brought the talent for zany visual gags and absurdist pop-culture satire that he'd honed as a master of animation to the task of capturing, in glorious DeLuxe Color, a brand-new craze: rock and roll. This blissfully bonkers jukebox musical tells the story of a mobster's bombshell girlfriend the one and only Jayne Mansfield, in a showstopping first major film role and the washed-up talent agent who seeks to revive his career by turning her into a musical sensation.... The only question is: Can she sing? A CinemaScope feast of eye-popping midcentury design, it bops along to a parade of performances by rock-and-roll trailblazers including Little Richard, Fats Domino, Julie London, Eddie Cochran, the Platters, and Gene Vincent who light up the screen with the uniquely American sound that was about to conquer the world.

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1st Floor DVD/MOVIE/DRAMA/Girl Due May 27, 2022
Criterion collection ; 1120.
Musical films
Comedy films
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection [2022]
DVD special edition
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 1956.
Wide screen.
Special features: Audio commentary featuring scholar Toby Miller; New video essay by film critic David Cairns; Interview with filmmaker John Waters; New conversation between WFMU DJs Dave "the Spazz" Abramson and Gaylord Fields about the music in the film; New interview with Eve Golden, author of "Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It"; On-set footage; Interviews with actor Jayne Mansfield (1957) and musician Little Richard (1984); Episode of Karina Longworth's podcast "You must remember this" about Mansfield; Trailer.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC, region 1; wide screen (2.35:1); mono.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Leon Shamroy ; film editor, James B. Clark ; music supervised and conducted by Lionel Newman.
Corporate Authors
Platters (Musical group) (performer), Blue Caps (Musical group) (production company), Treniers (Musical group) (presenter), Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 20th Century Studios, Cinemascope (Firm)
Other Authors
Frank Tashlin (film director), Herbert Baker (screenwriter), Tom Ewell, 1909-1994 (actor), Jayne Mansfield, 1933-1967 (performer), Edmond O'Brien, 1915-1985 (musical director), Julie London, 1926-2000, Ray Anthony, 1922-, Barry Gordon, 1948-, Henry Jones, 1912-1999, John Emery, 1905-1964, Juanita Moore, Fats Domino, 1928-2017, Little Richard, 1932-2020, Gene Vincent, 1935-1971, Eddie Cochran, 1938-1960, Lionel Newman, 1916-1989