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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:
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 »
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Baby Doll still Sizzles See more (60 total) »

Cast

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

Rip Torn ... The Dentist (uncredited)
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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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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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Trivia:
When the film was released in 1956, it was enormously controversial for its extremely risqué subject matter. The Legion of Decency condemned the film for its "carnal suggestiveness". Francis Cardinal Spellman condemned the film in a stunning attack from the pulpit of St. Patrick's Cathedral two days before the film opened, saying that the film had been "responsibly judged to be evil in concept" and was certain that it would "exert an immoral and corrupting influence on those who see it", and exhorted all Catholics to refrain from patronizing the film "under pain of sin". Cardinal Spellman's condemnation of the film led to the Legion of Decency's first-ever nationwide boycott of an American-made film produced by a major studio. All over the country, almost 20 million Catholics protested the film and picketed theaters that showed it. The Catholic boycott nearly killed the film; it was cancelled by 77% of theaters scheduled to show it, and it only made a meager $600,000 at the box office. The film was also condemned by Time Magazine, which called it the dirtiest American-made motion picture that had ever been legally exhibited. Surprisingly, despite the film's sordid elements, the Production Code Administration gave it a seal of approval, but only after nearly a year of arguments. This was one of many examples of how the lax attitude of new Code official Geoffrey Shurlock, the successor at the PCA to the strict Catholic militant Joseph Breen, would lead to a schism with the Legon of Decency and the PCA's own downfall over the next few years. After this film, the PCA drifted farther and farther away from its traditional guidelines until it was replaced by the MPAA ratings system in 1968.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Aunt Rose Comfort serves greens, some jump out, and then back into, the tureen.See more »
Quotes:
Silva Vacarro:I find you different this evening in some way.
Baby Doll:Never mind that.
Silva Vacarro:Grown up suddenly.
Baby Doll:I feel cool and rested for the first time in my life.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shame, Shame, ShameSee more »

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23 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Baby Doll still Sizzles, 16 January 2001
Author: (jjcaron@icrossroads.com) from Edmonton, Alberta

The #1 Reason why you should see this movie is....Karl Maldin? nah, Eli Wallach? maybe, Elia Kazan directed it? hmmm. No, the #1 Reason why you should see this movie is CARROLL BAKER!! This Extremely beautiful actress will hypnotize you with her looks. She delivers an incredible performance and is a true delight to the senses. I love this film. Time magazine described Baby Doll as "possibly the dirtiest American-made motion picture that has ever been legally exhibited." I think this may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but I found it very erotic. Rent this movie tonight!!!

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