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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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Tennessee Williams (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 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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Fuzzy and Buzzy See more (64 total) »


  (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 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan 
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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Some locals were used for minor roles, and one, "Boll Weevil" not only acted but was the production unit's utility man as well.See more »
Factual errors: The interval between rings of the phone varies irregularly from 3 to 8 seconds, as though it was being rung manually, but it is on a dial system.See more »
Baby Doll:Well, let's go in now. We got nothing to do but wait for tomorrow and see if we're remembered or forgotten.See more »
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32 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Fuzzy and Buzzy, 12 November 1998
Author: Eugene Kim ( from Arlington, Virginia, USA

The conventional wisdom on "Baby Doll" seems to be, "Oh, this movie may have been steamy in its time, but it's totally tame now." Oh, really? If the scene of Eli Wallach and Carroll Baker on the garden swing doesn't leave you feeling "fuzzy and buzzy," I suggest you get your pulse checked.

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