The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
Jayne Mansfield gives a very good performance in this rather serious romantic comedy with Tom Ewell and Edmond O'Brien . The plot is clever and has a few twists. There are a large number of appearances by the big musical acts of the day: Gene Vincent , Eddie Cochran , Fats Domino , The Platters and Little Richard . Some scenes could have been very good, rather than just good, with more time spent upon them. There is only one location shoot and it is at a beach.
This is the moment in which Jayne Mansfield's character makes her big entrance. Fats (back to camera) has attempted to convince the protagonist, a talent agent, that his fiance, Jayne Mansfield, could be made into a singing and dancing act. He has not met her yet and just as he is giving a rejection speech to Fats, telling him that these endeavors always fail, the door has opened behind him to reveal Jayne Mansfield. The drama of Jayne Mansfield's entrance is on par with Rita Hayworth's famous entrance as Gilda in Gilda (1946) . In fact the final round of the competition for most dramatic entrance is between these two moments.
Jayne Mansfield certainly had her place among the leading ladies of the day and would merit that description solely for her performance in this motion picture.
Jayne Mansfield in her white evening dress wearing one of the World's largest white fur stoles. I wonder where that fur stole is now ?
The Trailer for Gilda (1946) containing the famous scene where Rita Hayworth appears in the frame by flicking back her hair.
Jayne Mansfield arrives for her first day of schooling in song and dance.
The legendary Phil Silvers performs a cameo as a milkman.
Jayne Mansfield is tightly corseted beneath her dress in all of her scenes, to enhance her already spectacular figure.
The movie is studded with famous musical acts of the day: Little Richard performs a cameo slot.
The Trenier Brothers perform a cameo. The Treniers were a mainstay of the Las Vegas strip from its genesis right through to the mid-Nineties when I saw them last and they were still going strong with two brothers and a younger cousin, who was himself in his Sixties. Here they are in their prime.
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