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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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Eli Wallach shines 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 
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 screenplay for "Baby Doll" is based on two of his one-act plays, "Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton" and "The Unsatisfactory Supper".See more »
Continuity: The way the old guy holds the pizza slice changes.See more »
Baby Doll:Excuse me, Mr. Vacarro, but I wouldn't dream of eatin' a nut that a man had cracked in his mouth.
Baby Doll:You've got many refinements.
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38 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Eli Wallach shines, 4 January 2004
Author: Regi214 from Cincinnati, Oh

I've seen quite a few films in my life, but none such as this. Elia Kazan's quirky, off-the-wall romp about revenge and justice in 1950's Mississippi is truly remarkable. The first time I saw this movie I didn't know how to take it; I turned on my TV one day right at the scene where Eli Wallach and Carroll Baker are upstairs playing hide and seek... It seemed disturbing, but something about it held my interest.

A second viewing of this film was powerful. Karl Malden is right on the money as the loud-mouthed, frustrated, alcoholic husband; Carroll Baker, brilliant (and stunning) as Baby Doll; but I have to say, Eli Wallach SHINES as Silva Vacarro. He is so smooth, calculated, and mesmerizing as the one who "does his own justice". Hard to believe he didn't win an Oscar for his performance.

It is worth noting Kazan's use of the extras in this film (most of whom are African-American). Often you'll see a man or two in the background or off to the side, observing the story as it unfolds; they are the silent and wise observers to the craziness around them. Like the scene where Karl Malden is yelling "Babeee Dolllll!!!!" from his car, and the men just sit there and watch him--you wonder what they're thinking.

A superb film! The dining room scene at the end is choice.

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