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The Girl Can't Help It or Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?


Which classic, in your opinion, shows Jayne at her comic best? I say Rock Hunter. Her timing is perfect and she was one of the few sex symbols who could pull a joke off at her own expense. Though I do think she looks flawless in The Girl Can't Help It and her body was sooooooooooooooo curvy!


FYI--Another movie that shows Jayne and her generous curves is one that isn't shown much--It Happened In Athens. It's shown on Fox Movie Channel sometimes.

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The picture that's crafted better is Will Success...but they both are great.

I think Tony Randall's performance is superior to Tom Ewell's, but again, I love both pictures. And Henry Jones is terrific as Rufus in Success and Mousey in The Girl.

Then, there's Edmond O'Brien as Marty Fats Murdoch. Rock around the rock pile is a terrific tune and Ray Anthony's band is terrific when they play it full out.

Let's face it. Frank Tashlin was a formidable director, creator and he had a vision. YOu can see it in these pitcures and in the Martin and Lewis pictures and even in some of the Lewis as a single pictures.

He had a keen eye for color, a keen ear for satire, particularly of early television and rock N roll.


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I seriously love both movies, but the deciding factor for me is one scene. It's with Jayne and Tom Ewell on the beach. JUST GORGEOUS!!!! So Girl Can't Help It.

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The Girl Can't Help It does it for me. I find it the Ultimate Jayne; her character was completely original as opposed to Rita Marlow who was base on a Monroesque type movie goddess. Though Hilljayne is right in Jayne being the first sex symbol ever not minding being the joke on her. Probably because she knew the joke was on everybody but her!



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In my opinion "The Girl Can't Help It" is better not because Jayne Mansdfield is more beatiful or well-costumed etc... (she looks great in both pictures). I love the music in "...Girl..." The musical performances that are captured are amazing.

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Both, but I prefer The Girl Can't Help It.

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I prefer "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956). A very fun, very colourful movie.


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I much prefer ROCK HUNTER even though I love THE GIRL there are occasionally boring stretches in it (like when Jayne isn't around.)

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Even though "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" gave Jayne more chances to be funny and parody her over-the-top persona, I think she was way better in "The Girl Can't Help It". In the later, she was much prettier, lovelier and acted more natural, and I loved both her performance and character at the same time.

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Ooh Fran, glad to see you've discovered the talents of La Jayne! Have always loved her. Have you come around to liking sweet Marilyn yet ? Wish that Cleo Moore bad girl dvd set had Spanish captions as I think you would really like her as she's got a real 1930's verve in her performances.

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Hi Tom! Haha, yes, I purchased the Jayne box-set a couple months ago, since I had seen before some documentaries on her, and I heard that those two movies are her most popular. Unfortunately, it only contains three movies. It should have contained at least 5, like the ones of Carmen Miranda, Alice Faye and Betty Grable, who also happened to be at 20th Century Fox.

Despite her being a sex-symbol, there's something very cute and innocent about Jayne, which was not faked. That makes her extremely appealing to my eyes. I've seen many documentaries on her over the past years, and she was always very sweet and polite in the interviews (another plus in my book). I remember very especially a footage from a '60s (I think) TV show in which she was playing the piano very serious and concentrated, and you can perceive her wish to be taken seriously. That was just cute and moving.

Her son recalls her very fondly in interviews and says she was a good mother, and that she gave her own life to keep her kids safe during the car accident. That always puts tears in my eyes. It's so sad that she passed away that soon, and in such a tragic way. I just hope she found true happiness during her short lifetime.

Well, as for Marilyn, I'm afraid I'm not a fan yet, even though I own several of her movies on DVD. You know well that I bought them because of her co-stars (Claudette Colbert, Jane Russell, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Evelyn Keyes, Barbara Stanwyck, etc.), but I still enjoy some of her performances. My most favorite so far would be "How to Marry a Millionare", in which she was hilarious!

Oh, I actually own those Columbia's Bad Girls of Film Noir sets, Vol. 1 and 2! You know, I'm currently trying to do my very best at watching movies with English subtitles, and I think I'm improving my skills, LOL.

Thanks to Vol. 1 I "discovered" the wonderful Lizabeth Scott, for which I'm glad, and even more so for knowing she's still around. She was very beautiful and talented in her youth. I also enjoyed very much "The Killer That Stalked New York", in which Evelyn Keyes was just wonderful. She should have been a big star.

I didn't get around to check Vol. 2 yet, in which there are those Cleo Moore movies. I know you're very fond of her, and I kept that on mind when I ordered the DVD sets. I know you have good taste, and I'm sure she must be must be very special. You can be sure I'll tell you my thoughts once I saw her.

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My favorite will always be Rock Hunter. It is one of those movies I watch again and again. Jayne is great, splashy flashy movie star gorgeous! even to the point that her poodle mimics her wardrobe. Her dog as an accessory before it was cool. great funny satire. The Girl shows her with a more waif like persona. A pawn of the men in her life. Rock Hunter lets her portray a strong, smart woman who makes her own decisions with Tony Randall being the pawn.

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Rock Hunter lets her portray a strong, smart woman who makes her own decisions with Tony Randall being the pawn.

Ooh, I like that statement! Cool!


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DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE!

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