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September 20, 2020

30 Beautiful Photos of Jayne Mansfield During Filming ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ (1956)

The Girl Can’t Help It is a 1956 musical comedy film starring Jayne Mansfield in the titular role, Tom Ewell, Edmond O’Brien, Henry Jones, and Julie London. The picture was produced and directed by Frank Tashlin, with a screenplay adapted by Tashlin and Herbert Baker from an uncredited 1955 novel, Do Re Mi by Garson Kanin.

Filmed in DeLuxe Color, the production was originally intended as a vehicle for the American sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, with a satirical subplot involving teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll music. The unintended result has been called the “most potent” celebration of rock music ever captured on film.

The original music score, including the title song performed by Little Richard, was by Bobby Troup, with an additional credit to Ray Anthony for the tune “Big Band Boogie”. Tom Ewell had portrayed Marilyn Monroe's leading man in The Seven Year Itch the previous year.

The film was not received well by critics. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times noted that Jayne Mansfield’s performance was underwhelming, stating, “Her range, at this stage, appears restricted to a weak imitation of Marilyn Monroe.”

Take a look at these vintage photos to see beautiful portrait of Jayne Mansfield during filming The Girl Can’t Help It in 1956.


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