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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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She's nineteen. She makes her husband keep away -- she won't let the stranger go. See more »

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29 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Baby Doll - Begehre nicht des anderen Weib  »

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According to studio production notes, African Americans from the Benoit area were featured in bit roles. See more »

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As Baby Doll is seen walking up the stairs to the doctor's office, two men watching at the bottom of the stair make comments. The final comment is heard but neither of the men are seen speaking. See more »

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Baby Doll: [after being told to make him comfortable] Ain't nobody comfortable in that house. Lucky if you can find a chair to sit down on. You want coffee?
Silva Vacarro: No, just a nice cool drink of water.
Baby Doll: Oh, well the house water runs warm. But if you've got the energy to run that old pump over there you can get yourself a nice cool drink from that there cistern.
Silva Vacarro: I've got energy to burn.
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Referenced in Whatever Happened to Rock 'n' Roll? (2015) See more »

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Shame, Shame, Shame
Written by Ken Hopkins and Ruby Fisher
Sung by Smiley Lewis
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We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!
18 December 2003 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

The crumbling ruins of a deep south plantation, circa 1956. Karl Malden running through empty rooms, yelling "BayBee DOLLLLL!" The dementia-ridden elderly aunt forgetting to turn on the stove before cooking the greens. The old guys lounging around the yard, laughing and watching Malden's frenzied activities like it's must-see TV. Kooky gorgeous Baby Doll sucking her thumb, sleeping in her crib. And Eli Wallach: ah, what a specimen. He's intense, he's irresistible. He's relentlessly "handsy" like a high school boy on a date; he never, ever, for a moment, lets up. It's impossible to take your eyes off of him.

This movie is perplexing and wonderful, it really is more of a place and an atmosphere than a story. Twisted, and in a good way. The characters are as wild and inexplicable as any you've seen in a David Lynch movie. Your jaw will drop, you'll laugh out loud, and the whole weird place just gets better each time you watch it.


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