Girl Can't Help It: the Greatest Rock'n' Roll Movie

This 1957 musical comedy is not only a very funny satire of the emerging rock 'n'roll industry. It was also the first movie to treat rock 'n' roll performances with respect and cinematic skill. For millions of teenagers at the time -including Paul McCartney and John Lennon - the film ignited their musical ambitions.
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The zany visual tricks of the movie are another outstanding feature.

The zany visual tricks of the movie are another outstanding feature.

The zany visual tricks of the movie are another outstanding feature.

The zany visual tricks of the movie are another outstanding feature.

Director Frank Tashlin's background in cartoon film-making was put to great visual and comic effect in'The Girl Can't Help It'.

Director Frank Tashlin's background in cartoon film-making was put to great visual and comic effect in'The Girl Can't Help It'.

The movie is a satire on the emerging  rock 'n' roll musical industry, yet it brilliantly conveys the vitality and exuberance of that music.

The movie is a satire on the emerging rock 'n' roll musical industry, yet it brilliantly conveys the vitality and exuberance of that music.

Just one of the many stunning musical sequences from Frank Tashlin's  movie 'The Girl Can't Help It'. As Paul McCartney says, "The Girl Can't Help It is still the great music film. They had only treated [rock 'n' roll] music films as B pictures up till then or used [rock 'n' roll] music just as a theme tune as in Blackboard Jungle.

Just one of the many stunning musical sequences from Frank Tashlin's movie 'The Girl Can't Help It'. As Paul McCartney says, "The Girl Can't Help It is still the great music film. They had only treated [rock 'n' roll] music films as B pictures up till then or used [rock 'n' roll] music just as a theme tune as in Blackboard Jungle.

The young Paul McCartney admired not only the movie's music but also what he called Jayne Mansfield's "cantilevered" bosom.

The young Paul McCartney admired not only the movie's music but also what he called Jayne Mansfield's "cantilevered" bosom.

Jayne Mansfield and the now forgotten Nino Temple in a scene that anticipates Disco movies by a couple of decades.

Jayne Mansfield and the now forgotten Nino Temple in a scene that anticipates Disco movies by a couple of decades.

The movie was the first rock 'n' roll musical to be made in wide-screen and colour, by a major director (Frank Tashlin). Even the credits showed off the new Cinemascope process.

The movie was the first rock 'n' roll musical to be made in wide-screen and colour, by a major director (Frank Tashlin). Even the credits showed off the new Cinemascope process.

Jayne Mansfield's physical attributes - the source of some of the movie's visual gags.

Jayne Mansfield's physical attributes - the source of some of the movie's visual gags.

Little Richard's performance in 'The Gurl Can't Help It' is enhanced by the director's use of the wide Cinemascope screen.

Little Richard's performance in 'The Gurl Can't Help It' is enhanced by the director's use of the wide Cinemascope screen.

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