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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:
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:
Steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous 19-year-old virgin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Must See For Tennessee Williams Fans See more (61 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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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Quotes:
Silva Vacarro:Come on up and sing me to sleep!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Shame, Shame, ShameSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Must See For Tennessee Williams Fans, 10 July 2006
Author: thejulies from United States

This is a wonderful film, and one of the more underrated, and unseen movies of Tennessee Williams works. The acting is topnotch. Karl Malden as Archie Lee, the sexually frustrated husband of Baby Doll, has never been better, and Carroll Baker is simply charming and luminous as the headstrong and chiding child bride, Baby Doll. Eli Wallach succeeds marvelously, (and surprisingly), in conveying to the hilt the sexual magnetism and intensity of Silva Vacarro, Archie Lee's "Italian Stallion" rival in business, and ultimately for Baby Doll herself. Mildred Dunnock's brilliant portrayal of Aunt Rose Comfort is also quite memorable.

The marriage of Baby Doll to the low-class and ineffectual Archie Lee was an obvious last resort plan made years ago by Baby Doll's dying father. Promises made by Archie Lee of restoring the estate to it's former glory and also that he would not attempt marital relations with Baby Doll until her twentieth birthday were apparently enough to cinch the deal in this dead end world. Baby Doll is clearly repulsed by her husband and has taken to sleeping in a baby's crib in "the nursery" to keep her distance from him. She treats him with annoyed disdain when she isn't making fun of him and embarrassing him in front of anyone who happens to be around. Her twentieth birthday is just days away and she is clearly feeling desperate about her situation.

This is the epitome of the Southern Gothic genre, although it is far from being dark or depressing. If anything, its a black comedy. The setting is the dilapidated Southern cotton plantation home, the remains of the once great estate of Baby Doll's deceased father and forefathers. The cinematography by Boris Kaufman, which was Oscar nominated, is executed in stark, bleached out black and white. Other Oscar nominations for the film included Carroll Baker, Tennessee Williams, and Mildred Dunnock. Eli Wallach and Karl Malden also certainly deserved an Oscar nod for their great performances. This film is a must see for Tennessee Williams fans!

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