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The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield

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 released with an X rating ("for adults only") due to its adult content and nudity.[3]

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield
Directed byCharles W. Broun, Jr.
Joel Holt
Arthur Knight
Produced byDick Randall
Screenplay byCharles Ross
StarringJayne Mansfield
Narrated byCarolyn De Fonseca (uncredited)
Music byMarcello Gigante
CinematographyManuela Folena
Distributed byBlue Ribbon Pictures
Release date
  • April 18, 1968 (1968-04-18) (New Orleans, Louisiana)[1]
  • July 1969 (1969-07) (Austria)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
West Germany



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 notesEdit

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 mediaEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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)". Retrieved February 9, 2015.

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