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Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 29 December 1956 (USA)
A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

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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 Huggo

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19 years old and married...but not really! See more »

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29 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Mississippi Woman  »

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$2,300,000, 31 December 1956
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1.37 : 1
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Elia Kazan, in his autobiography, claims that Tennessee Williams only "half-heartedly" contributed to the screenplay, and that it was, in fact, Kazan himself who wrote most of the script. He also reports that although he urged Williams to stay in Benoit, MS, the film's location, for the duration of the shooting, Williams departed after only a few weeks because "he didn't like the way people looked at him on the streets." According to Kazan, the film's final bittersweet lines, uttered by "Baby Doll" to "Aunt Rose Comfort," were later sent by Williams "as a consolation" for his departure. See more »

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Quotes

Baby Doll: Excuse me, Mr. Vacarro, but I wouldn't dream of eatin' a nut that a man had cracked in his mouth.
Silva Vacarro: You've got many refinements.
Baby Doll: Thank you.
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Shame, Shame, Shame
Written by Ken Hopkins and Ruby Fisher
Sung by Smiley Lewis
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Baby Doll still Sizzles
16 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

The #1 Reason why you should see this movie is....Karl Maldin? nah, Eli Wallach? maybe, Elia Kazan directed it? hmmm. No, the #1 Reason why you should see this movie is CARROLL BAKER!! This Extremely beautiful actress will hypnotize you with her looks. She delivers an incredible performance and is a true delight to the senses. I love this film. Time magazine described Baby Doll as "possibly the dirtiest American-made motion picture that has ever been legally exhibited." I think this may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but I found it very erotic. Rent this movie tonight!!!


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