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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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Release Date:
18 December 1956 (USA) See more »
Her role is raw electricity! Her portrayal is a sensation! CARROLL BAKER See more »
A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (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
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
Crew verified as complete

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System) | Stereo
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 »
Revealing mistakes: The water spray from Baby Doll's bath shoots out from the next room and not from the bath room.See more »
Silva Vacarro:So, the wedding was postponed?
Baby Doll:Oh, no, not the wedding. We had the wedding. My daddy gave me away.
Silva Vacarro:But you said Archie Lee waited.
Baby Doll:Yeah, after the wedding he waited.
Silva Vacarro:For what?
Baby Doll:For me to be ready for marriage.
Silva Vacarro:How long did he have to wait?
Baby Doll:Oh, he's still waiting.
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39 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!, 18 December 2003
Author: zestygirl from Washington

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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