- Director:Frank Tashlin
- Writer:Frank Tashlin,Herbert Baker
- Cast:Tom Ewell,Jayne Mansfield,Edmond O'Brien
- Time:1h 39min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Tom Ewell||-||Tom Miller|
|Jayne Mansfield||-||Jerri Jordan|
|Edmond O'Brien||-||Marty 'Fats' Murdock|
|Barry Gordon||-||Barry the Paperboy|
|Little Richard and His Band||-||Themselves (as Little Richard and his Band)|
|Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps||-||Themselves (as Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps)|
According to Paul McCartney, he and John Lennon were underage when the film was released, and sneaked into the theater by wearing fake mustaches to make themselves look older. The movie is one of their earlier musical influences.
In this film, Eddie Cochran performs "Twenty Flight Rock". That song's influence was so great across the Atlantic in Liverpool, England, that Paul McCartney's ability to memorize the words and perform the song impressed John Lennon enough to ask him to join his group, then known as "The Quarrymen", which later became The Beatles.
The wedding dress that Jayne Mansfield wears was loaned to her to use for her real-life marriage to Mickey Hargitay in 1958.
Producers wanted Elvis Presley to perform in the movie, but Tom Parker demanded too much money for Elvis to sing one song.
Abbey Lincoln who is performing "Spread the Word" in the nightclub scene with Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell is wearing a costume that was previously worn by Marilyn Monroe in Blondinen bevorzugt (1953). Lincoln later admitted in an interview, she burned the dress in an incinerator.
In the opening scene, Fats is speaking to Tom about being homesick for the US and begins reciting a poem: "Breathes there a man with soul so dead... You know it?" and Tom nods. The line is from Walter Scott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel".
On Wednesday September 18, 1968 The Beatles interrupted recording "Birthday" at Abbey Road Studios so they could go back to Paul McCartney's house to watch the British TV premiere of the film.
Teddy Randazzo, who performs "Cinnamon Sinner" with his group "The Chuckles", almost a decade later would compose "Goin' Out Of My Head" and "Hurt So Bad", mega-hits for Little Anthony and the Imperials.
Production began on the film in mid-September 1956 just as Jayne Mansfield was finishing up her Broadway triumph in the play "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" The film was made just in time to be released for the Christmas season in 1956.
This was the first of two comedies that Frank Tashlin adapted the screenplay for and directed which starred Jayne Mansfield, the other being Sirene in blond (1957) . Tashlin once said, "There's nothing in the world to me that's funnier than big breasts."
In the prologue, just after Tom Ewell mentions "...Color by DeLuxe" for the second time, he says, "Sometimes you wonder who's minding the store!" Frank Tashlin must have liked this phrase, because he directed the movie, "Who's Minding the Store?" which starred Jerry Lewis, seven years later.
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 10 seconds
Some reference sources and websites erroneously suggest that Bill Haley and the Comets appear in this film. They do not.
In Addition to McCartney & Lennon, Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck, Guitarists extradonaire and both in The British Invasion Band "The Yardbirds" ; both cited this Movie as a monumental Influence on them. Page was later to form Led Zeppelin and Beck has a solo Carreer unparalleled ! Beck described this Film as "Being The Best Rock & Roll Movie ever Filmed"!
As has been noted, Abbey Lincoln performs her number wearing a gown previously worn by Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Another costume from that film appears in a later scene backstage at the theater, when Tom Ewell passes a chorus girl on the stairs. She is wearing the outfit in which Jane Russell performed "Diamond Are A Girl's Best Friend" in the courtroom.