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Girl Can’t Help It, The

This has got to have the best soundtrack from any film ever made. Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and Julie London all appear as themselves and perform a number. The poster claimed “you’ll Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll with laughter” – well, you might, but it’s gloriously, fantastically fifties. Jayne Mansfield’s more preoccupied with shopping for pyjamas for her seven brothers and cooking a good souffle than producing a hit record. It’s enough to make Phil Silvers’ milk boil over.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    And whatever happened to ‘the Three Chuckles’, surely the only ‘rock’ band with an accordion player and lyrics like “she’s a cake-baking baby and I love her pies”?

  2. Tom Ronson

    March 31, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    The musical interludes are fantastic, the rest of the film, not so much.

    • THX 1139

      March 31, 2022 at 11:58 pm

      Not true – the music IS fantastic, but this is a Frank Tashlin film and he skewered 1950s America like nobody else.

  3. Richardpd

    April 1, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve heard of this but never seen it, but it sounds good.

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