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The Girl Can’t Help It + post-screening discussion

Often called the best rock ’n’ roll film ever made, this high-powered, high-voltage comedy features music by Fats Domino, Little Richard and the Platters and introduced the world to Jayne Mansfield, who is sensational as moll Jerri Jordan to Edmond O’Brien’s Marty Murdock, the mobster determined to make her a singing star. The trouble begins when Murdock hires talent agent Tom Miller (Tom Ewell) to coach her: Miller quickly realises that she can’t sing a note…AND that he’s completely in love with her! This CinemaScope colour film hilariously spoofs both musicals and gangster films and also features sparkling performances by Ray Anthony, Julie London, the Treniers and Abbey Lincoln.

Event details

The screening on Sun 06 May will be accompanied by a free, informal post-screening discussion led by Kirsty Fairclough, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford.