Living in Tiger Tail County, Mississippi, middle aged Archie Lee Meighan and nineteen year old "Baby Doll" Meighan née McCargo have been married for close to two years. Their marriage is not based on love, but each getting what they want from the other. Their marriage agreement has them consummating their marriage on her twentieth birthday, which is in three days, the act to which Baby Doll is not really looking forward. But she does taunt him and other men with her overt "baby doll" sexuality, the baby doll aspect which she fosters by sleeping in their house's nursery in a crib. Baby Doll's now deceased father allowed the marriage on the stipulation that Archie Lee provide Baby Doll financial security as displayed by the most resplendent house in the south. They currently live in a dilapidated mansion with her Aunt Rose Comfort, and although Archie Lee is making some renovations on it, he no longer has the financial means to make it what Baby Doll wants as his cotton ginning ... Written by
She's nineteen. She's married two years -- quite a girl -- and not quite a woman...
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Did You Know?
's first choice for the title role of Baby Doll was Marilyn Monroe
, (who was straining to improve herself as an actress at the time and wanted the role badly), although Elia Kazan
preferred newcomer Carroll Baker
, whose work he was familiar with from the Actors' Studio in New York. See more
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Small dogs have a loud bark.
Archie Lee Meighan
No one is going to whistle at any woman of mine.
You take an awful lot for granted when you say mine. I came to you today for protection. What did I get? Slapped, sent home. Now, I'm telling you the agreement between us is over.
Shame, Shame, Shame
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