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Baby Doll -- This steamy Southern drama stars Oscar-winner Karl Malden, as a cotton gin owner married to a sultry teenaged bride, who steadfastly refuses to sleep with her husband until she turns 20.
Baby Doll -- Steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous 19-year-old virgin.

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Writer:
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 December 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Her role is raw electricity! Her portrayal is a sensation! CARROLL BAKER See more »
Plot:
A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Cotton picking See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Karl Malden ... Archie Lee Meighan

Carroll Baker ... Baby Doll Meighan

Eli Wallach ... Silva Vacarro

Mildred Dunnock ... Aunt Rose Comfort
Lonny Chapman ... Rock
Eades Hogue ... Town Marshal
Noah Williamson ... Deputy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

R.G. Armstrong ... Townsman Sid (voice) (uncredited)
Madeleine Sherwood ... Nurse in Doctor's Office (uncredited)

Rip Torn ... The Dentist (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)

Produced by
Elia Kazan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Milford 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Willis Hanchett .... hair stylist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Robert E. Jiras)
 
Production Management
Forrest E. Johnston .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director
Arthur Steckler .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paul Sylbert .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Edward J. Johnstone .... sound
 
Stunts
Lucky Kargo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Roberta Hodes .... continuity
Roberta Hodes .... script supervisor
 
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Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System) | Stereo
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:R | USA:Approved (certificate #18129) (original rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Tennessee Williams'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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Baby descends the stairs, the blanket changes from on shoulder to off.See more »
Quotes:
Archie Lee Meighan:Today is the fifth day of November. Tomorrow is the sixth day of November, and the day after that is November seventh. And you know what day that is, don't you? November seventh is your 20th birthday.
Baby Doll:Ain't that sweet of you to remember. Where's my birthday present?
Archie Lee Meighan:Oh, you'll get your birthday present, providin' you haven't forgotten the agreement between us, which comes due on that day.
Baby Doll:Oh, the agreement?
Archie Lee Meighan:Yeah, the agreement, that you swore on a Bible to keep your side of... Have I ever laid hands on you since we've been married?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Si qian jin (1957)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shame, Shame, ShameSee more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Cotton picking, 23 March 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

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.

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