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  • The Girl Can’t Help It, 1956 – Mod Movie Monday at TLT

    Posted on April 5th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    the-girl-cant-help-it-postWhat do you get when you mix sexy Miss Jane Mansfield with a dozen early Rock ’n’ Roll legends? You get

    The Girl Can’t Help It, 1956

    Starring Jane Mansfield, Tom Ewell and Edmund O’Brian.

    The plot is simple but fun: Old gangster wants to make his ‘girlfriend’ a star, but she can’t sing a note. So he hires a press agent, Tom Ewell (the luckiest man in Hollywood at the time by the way) to force her fame. Since she stinks at singing traditional music, they give Rock ’n’ roll a try.mod-movie-mondays

    This kookie movie features some of the most famous & koolest Rockers from the 50s, actually performing in the movie in glorious widescreen color. The list includes:

    Famous photo of Sophia Loren and Jane Mansfield

    Famous photo of Sophia Loren and Jane Mansfield

    • Little Richard
    • Nino Tempo
    • Johnny Olenn
    • Eddie Fontaine
    • The Chuckles
    • Abbey Lincoln
    • Gene Vincent
    • Eddie Cochran
    • Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
    • The Treniers
    • Fats Domino
    • The Platters
    • Freddy Bell & The Bell-Boys

    Plus a haunting, unforgettable version of Cry Me A River by Julie London.

    jane-mansfieldAdd to that some kool cars, and Jane Mansfield wearing some of the tightest clothes ever built and you’ve got a winner. This movie pretty much proves she gave Marilyn a run for the money. Such a drag that she died so young. At least we’ve got the film.

    Oh, yeah, why was Tom Ewell the luckiest man in Hollywood in the 1950s? Simple. Love scenes with Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch in 1955, love scenes with Jane Mansfield in The Girl Can’t Help It in 1956. Ya dig?

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    – Tiki Chris reporting from behind the Tiki Bar with a Mai Tai in one hand and an Easter Egg in the other