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[[caption-width-right:330:She was born to please!]]

->''"Our story is about music, not the music of long ago, but the music that expresses the culture, [[BlatantLies the refinement and the polite grace of the present day]]."''
-->-- '''Tom'''

Tom Miller is a down on his luck music agent called in to help former gangster Marty "Fats" Murdock's girlfriend Jerri make it big in the music business. Of course things get complicated when those two in love, and it turns out Jerri doesn't even want to be a singer. Can they get Murdock to understand the latter and not find out about the former?

This JayneMansfield film (directed by former Warner Bros. animation director, Creator/FrankTashlin) is also notable for its embracing of rock and roll. It has many actual recording stars of the time perform their hits, almost like a {{musical}}. The film also inspired [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney]] to get into music, so this film is one of the causes of TheBritishInvasion.
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!!Provides Examples Of:
* AgonyOfTheFeet: After walking around the clubs in heels, there is a shot of Jerri's swollen bare feet when she gets home.
* TheAlcoholic: Tom Miller is seriously on the sauce.
* AllStarCast: [[invoked]]The rock stars. Just look at the listing at the bottom of the page picture. It reads like a "Who's Who?" of the [[TheFifties mid fifties]].
* AntiLoveSong: ''Julie London'''s "Cry me a River" is one, apparently to spite him:
--> "Come and cry me a river\\
cry me a river\\
I cried a river over you."
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Our two leads show up at the end with their children.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Jerri causes several accidents (and sexually-charged visual puns) by walking down the street.
* DoubleEntendre: A lot of the jokes about Jerri's... equipment, including this famous line:
-->'''Tom:''' Rome wasn't built in a day.
-->'''Murdock:''' She ain't Rome. What we're talking about is already built.
* DrowningMySorrows: Tom started a while back and he didn't stop.
* EpicRocking: Music/LittleRichard performs "She's Got It" and "Ready Teddy" in the middle section. And of course the opening credits is his title hit, "The Girl Can't Help It".
* TheFifties: The definitive portrayal of 50s Rock and Roll.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The lines about Jerri's assets.
** The scene where a bottle of milk bursts open when a guy sees Jerri strutting by.
* GloryDays: Tom and Murdock had them.
* HelloNurse: Jerri.
* HaveAGayOldTime: A newsreel mentions Murdock "making whoopie" with a bunch of bunch of girls on the French Riviera. The thing is it just meant him partying with them.
* HideousHangoverCure: Averts the "Hideous" part.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Jerri [[spoiler: is faking that she cant's sing because she doesn't want that career.]]
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Tom and Jerri hope this for each other.
* ImagineSpot: "Cry Me A River" as Tom imagining ''Julie London'' in his room all around the house in various outfits.
* InformedAbility: One might find that about Murdock's song at the end. Of course it's part of the TakeThat against packaged rock music.
* LadyInRed: Jerri's dress when Tom takes her out to the clubs to get noticed.
* MaleGaze: Invoked by Tom when he takes Jerri to the clubs.
* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: Rock Music's popular among kids, the musicians are young and talented, yet the business is owned by 30s Gangsters. Indeed the whole plot is about this trope. Fats Murdoch is trying to promote his Moll as a pop sensation so he can cash in on her success, but then it turns out that he's the one with the talent for rock music. Indeed, Murdoch's old rival, who came to the finale to kill Fats, sees how popular he's with the kids and signs him up. It's NothingPersonal, just business.
* MeaningfulName: Tom and Jerri, although the latter is just a stage name, and her actual name is Georgiana.
* MissingMom: Subverted. Just watch the scene.
* TheOneThatGotAway: In the film, Tom was RealLife singer ''Julie London'''s agent, and he fell in love with her. But he let her get away, and that drove him to start drinking and sent his career spiraling.
* PimpedOutDress: Quite a few, with Julie wearing as many in her scene as Jerri does in the whole movie.
* PrettyInMink: Jerri is a gangster's girlfriend, so she wears several furs. Her first scene is her wearing a white fox wrap and a dress with a white fox hem.
** Tom even uses one of her fox wraps as part of showing her off. She wears it coming into the club, and when the owner is around, he has her take it off and walk by, so the owner can see her full figure.
* RealPersonCameo: The rock acts on offer: Music/LittleRichard, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Eddie Cochrane, Music/FatsDomino, The Platters, Abbey Lincoln, ''Julie London'' and others. Initially Tashlin hoped to get Music/ElvisPresley but the Colonel vetoed the offer. So it was very nearly a full set.
* SexyWalk: "The Girl Can't Help It/She was born to please"
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: A scene has three of these, including a bottle of milk bursting open at the top.
* SupremeChef: Tom thinks this about Jerri's cooking.
* TheOneThatGotAway: ''Julie London'' is this for Tom Miller, apparently he kept their relationship strictly business broke her heart and Tom interprets the song "Cry Me a River" as a TakeThat to him.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: She's in the film for one song, but ''Julie London'' has a jawdropping amount of costume changes during "Cry Me A River".
* VisualPun: Jerri holding two jugs of milk against her chest.
* WidescreenShot: When Tom introduces the film, he notices the AspectRatio is wrong, and then has the camera spread to widescreen.
* WolfWhistle: The paperboy does it after seeing Jerri.
* WomanInWhite: Perhaps unintentional, but Jerri's white dress in her first scene indicates she is more innocent than she seems.
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