Jayne Mansfield exudes glamour in this witty farce about a gangster who goes to great lengths to turn his seemingly untalented girlfriend into a star. Mobster Marty “Fatso” Murdock (Edmond O’Brien) hires slick press agent Tom Miller (Tom Ewell) to promote the singing career of Murdock’s blond-bombshell moll, Jerri (Mansfield). When she proves that she indeed has talent but doesn’t want a showbiz career, will there be a happy ending for all?
Few filmmakers have moved as easily between animated and non-animated work as New Jersey-born Frank Tashlin. A school drop-out at age 13, he drifted into a multitude of jobs before he went to work for producer Paul Terry at 17, as a cartoonist on Terry’s Aesop’s Film Fables animated shorts. Three years later he was working as a gagman for Hal Roach, and soon after began his own comic strip, which ran through 1939. He worked for Disney’s story department until the mid ‘40s, and later joined Warner Bros., where he became a director for Leon Schlesinger’s cartoon unit. But from the middle of the decade onward, he moved out of animated work entirely and into comedy screenwriting, adapting One Touch of Venus as a film vehicle, and then taking up writing for Bob Hope (The Paleface, etc.) and Red Skelton (The Fuller Brush Man, etc.), and later became a director for Jerry Lewis (Geisha Boy, Cinderfella), Hope (Son of Paleface), and Doris Day (The Glass Bottom Boat). His experience in cartoons… read more
Just a year after sharing the screen with one blonde bombshell in the figure of Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, lucky old Tom Ewell was paired with the pneumatic Mansfield. She's sexy and sweet in Tashlin's terrific rock 'n roll comedy as the gangster's moll who reluctantly pursues a career in the music industry aided by Ewell's agent when all she'd rather be is a domestic goddess. Colourful, witty and rather great...
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