CATEGORIES Comedy, Music & Musicals, Home Entertainment, Vintage Image of the Day, Features, Cinematical
DVD Times announced on Wednesday that Fox will release The Jayne Mansfield Collection, a three-movie DVD boxed set, on August 8. This is the first American DVD release for all three films: The Girl Can't Help It, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, and The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, all from Jayne Mansfield's early film years (1956-58).
Of the three films, I have seen only The Girl Can't Help It, which stars Mansfield and Tom Ewell. The 1956 comedy is slight and unremarkable except for two things. One is the number of talented rock musicians appearing in the film, including Fats Domino, The Platters, Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran. The other is the above iconic image. As Mansfield walks to Ewell's apartment, milk bottles pop open, foam, and overflow, all backed by the sound of Little Richard performing the title song. She kindly brings Ewell his bottles from the milkman, carrying them in that unforgettable, unsubtle way. Nothing like Production Code-era sexual symbolism, is there?