The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield

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The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield
Directed by Charles W. Broun, Jr.
Joel Holt
Arthur Knight
Produced by Dick Randall
Screenplay by Charles Ross
Starring Jayne Mansfield
Narrated by Carolyn De Fonseca (uncredited)
Music by Marcello Gigante
Cinematography Manuela Folena
Distributed by Blue Ribbon Pictures
Release date
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
France
West Germany
Language English

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield is a 1968 mondo[2] documentary film chronicling the travels of actress Jayne Mansfield. It was directed by Charles W. Broun, Jr., Joel Holt and Arthur Knight. The film was rated X ("for adults only") due to its adult content and nudity.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield began production in 1964 and continued shooting sporadically through 1967 as the budget was limited. The film consists of Mansfield visiting various locations throughout Europe and the United States. The European footage, shot in Rome and Paris, features Mansfield observing Italian roadside prostitutes, running from the paparazzi and attending the Cannes Film Festival. She is also filmed visiting "unusual" European locations such as a French nudist colony, strip clubs, a gay bar and a massage parlor. The footage shot in the United States features Mansfield judging a transvestite beauty pageant in New York City along with footage of dancers at a Los Angeles topless bar. Musical performances by the all-girl topless band The Ladybirds(es) and Rocky Roberts & The Airedales (to which Mansfield does the Twist) are also included. Rounding out the film are clips of Mansfield's nude scenes from the 1963 sex comedy Promises! Promises!, the 1964 Italian film Primitive Love, and shots of her Playboy magazine pictorial.[4]

Production ceased after Mansfield died in a car accident in June 1967. Upon her death, the film's producers added news footage about her death and photographs from the scene of her fatal car accident.[5] The film concludes with a tour of Mansfield's Los Angeles home, the Pink Palace, given by her ex-husband Mickey Hargitay and a video tribute.[3]

Production notes[edit]

Working titles for the film include Jayne Mansfield Reports, Mansfield Reports Europe and Mansfield By Night.[3] As the film was edited and released after Mansfield's death, actress Carolyn De Fonseca (who was Mansfield's official voice dubber for European productions) was hired to mimic Mansfield's voice for the narration.[2]

Distributed by Blue Ribbons Pictures, The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield premiered on April 18, 1968 in New Orleans.[3]

Home media[edit]

In September 2003, Something Weird Video released The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield along with another mondo film The Labyrinth Of Sex on Region 1 DVD.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Kenneth Munden, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 2. University of California Press. p. 1229. ISBN 0-520-20970-2. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Stephen (2010). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. Robinson. p. 469. ISBN 0-762-43997-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d Faris, Jocelyn (1994). Jayne Mansfield: A Bio-bibliography. ABC-CLIO. p. 110. ISBN 0-313-28544-6. 
  4. ^ (Faris 2004, pp. 109–110)
  5. ^ Quarles, Mike (2001). Down and Dirty: Hollywood's Exploitation Filmmakers and Their Movies. McFarland. p. 27. ISBN 0-786-46257-4. 
  6. ^ Murray, Noel (September 22, 2003). "The Wild, Wild World Of Jayne Mansfield/The Labyrinth Of Sex (DVD)". avclub.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 

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