BackgroundJayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933) rose to fame on Broadway playing Rita Marlowe in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, which started its run in October 1955. In May 1956, 20th Century Fox bought Mansfield out of her Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? contract and signed her to a six-year contract. Mansfield was groomed as a replacement for Marilyn Monroe and was quickly cast in movies like The Girl Can't Help It (1956), the film version of John Steinbeck's The Wayward Bus (1957), the film version of her Broadway hit Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957); and the film version of the Broadway play, Kiss Them for Me (1957).
The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, focuses mainly on Mansfield's last tour of the world, in 1967 (before her death at age 34, in June 1967). Another main plot of The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield is clips of Mansfield's films in which she appears either nude or in sexy revealing clothing. One of the most famous clippings is Jayne appearing nude in the 1963 film, Promises! Promises!. She appeared nude in three scenes of the film that co-starred, Tommy Noonan, Marie McDonald, and Mickey Hargitay. Other clippings are of Mansfield either sexy or nude in Too Hot to Handle (1960); The Loves of Hercules (1960); L'Amore Primitivo (1964); and, Single Room Furnished (1968). The film was a hit with the "forever" Jayne Mansfield fans.