Saturday, 28 August 2010

MY HIT LIST #2 The Girl can't help it

The Girl Can't help it starring Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell is glorious Deluxe color and cinemascope fun with a great soundtrack featuring performances from Fats Domino, The Platters, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Julie London and Nino Tempo. A pretty amazing lineup. The plot, such as it is centres around Mansfields gangster moll.  Mansfield gives a Monroeesque performance as the girl who can't help it.

In this satiric barb at 1950s culture Edmond O'Brien plays mob boss Murdock, who while serving a term in federal prison becomes a singing sensation with his hit tune "Rock Around the Rock Pile."  From there he attempts to turn Mansfield into a star. The scene in which Jayne Mansfield wreaks havoc by simply walking a street filled with excitable men, accompanied by Little Richard's title track, sums up the energetic fun of the movie. It's as colourful as a Cartoon and has a gorgeous sheen that is exactly right for the times and the material.
No it's not a masterpiece of cinema it's just exactly what it aims to be; a heck of a lot of vibrant rock 'n' roll fun!

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