MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 315 this week

Baby Doll (1956)

 -  Drama  -  18 December 1956 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 3,970 users  
Reviews: 60 user | 29 critic

Steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous 19-year-old virgin.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 15 May 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Baby Doll" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Baby Doll (1956)

Baby Doll (1956) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Baby Doll.
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America,

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa
Wild River (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a ... See full summary »

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan
The Visitors (1972)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are ... See full summary »

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Patrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James Woods
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame
The Lineup (1958)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle
Pinky (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors: Elia Kazan, John Ford
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes
The Misfits (1961)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A sexy divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Lonny Chapman ...
Eades Hogue ...
Town Marshal
Noah Williamson ...
Deputy
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the author of "A Streetcar Named Desire"! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Desejo  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)|
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Legion of Decency, an organization of the Roman Catholic Church in the US, condemned the film as immoral, and despite the efforts of director Elia Kazan, were able to get it withdrawn from release. See more »

Goofs

When Silva names evil spirits, the way he holds the stick changes. See more »

Quotes

Baby Doll: Small dogs have a loud bark.
Archie Lee Meighan: No one is going to whistle at any woman of mine.
Baby Doll: 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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Si qian jin (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Shame, Shame, Shame
Sung by Smiley Lewis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cotton picking
23 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Elia Kazan took a big chance in directing "Baby Doll". His association with Tennessee Williams must have been the deciding factor in his coming on board. This was a film that caused quite a stir because of the direct intervention of Cardinal Spellman of New York in denouncing it for its suggestive billboard in the Times Square area and the content of the movie.

This film is a testament of how to film an erotic feature without having the actors running naked all over the place. Carroll Baker, as the Baby Doll of the title, generates a lot of heat every time we see her in the opening scenes through the "peeping tom" eyes of Archie Lee, the husband still awaiting to fulfill his duty as a husband.

The steamy scenes between Vaccaro and Baby Doll are incredible if one thinks of the era when it was filmed. Nothing like those torrid scenes were seen in an American film before! What is amazing is the fact this film was released at all.

Unfortunately, the copy that was shown on cable recently has the worst sound track imaginable. The Southern accents from the actors don't help things either.

Karl Malden adds to the character of Archie Lee by playing it as a dumb hick who is not too worldly in matters of the bedroom. Carroll Baker had a great role in her Baby Doll. She plays her as a typical small town from that part of the South, a real teaser. Eli Wallach's as Vaccaro brought virility and sensuality to his portrayal. Mildred Dunnock was good as Aunt Rose.

This film is an oddity that heralded the liberation of Hollywood from the hated Hays Code which will come much later on.


26 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The house wesleysr
So does he come back, or doesn't he? sunsetgun
sexiest movie ever made? danielj_old999
Um... freakofnurture
So.. Are they going to remake this movie? imaeediot
baby doll...Baby Doll.....BABY DOLL!.... bbbuck
Discuss Baby Doll (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?