It’s not too often you hear a song that’s capable of casually tossing off the word “plebeian,” but “Cry Me a River,” does just that.
Written by Arthur Hamilton and originally recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, the song became Julie London’s biggest hit ever after being included in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It starring Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell. Ewell plays an alcoholic press agent hired to promote Mansfield’s singing career based on his past (ficticious) success with real-life singer London.
Julie appears in the film as a serenading vision to an intoxicated Ewell, and makes it very clear where the film’s wardrobe budget went. The two minute parade of glam 1950s fashions is reason enough to send this flick up to the top of your Netflix queue.
By the way, did people routinely keep their booze in their kitchen cabinets during the 1950s? Is Tom just loading up on the cooking sherry? It’s not the first time I’ve seen the liquor stashed there in movies from this era. What exactly is going on?
Check out Julie London performing “Cry Me a River” from the film below.