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Baby Doll
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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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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:
A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Baby Doll still Sizzles See more (64 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
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
Elia Kazan, in his autobiography, claims that Tennessee Williams only "half-heartedly" contributed to the screenplay, and that it was, in fact, Kazan, himself, who wrote most of the script. He also reports that although he urged Williams to stay in Benoit, Mississippi, the film's location, for the duration of the shooting, Williams departed after only a few weeks because "he didn't like the way people looked at him on the streets." According to Kazan, the film's final bittersweet lines, uttered by "Baby Doll" to "Aunt Rose Comfort," were later sent by Williams "as a consolation" for his departure.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Silva bursts through the door in the attic, Baby Doll is shown running from him with her blanket wrapped around her. The instant before she falls on to the attic beam, she removes the blanket, and holds it in her left hand. In the very next shot, after she has fallen, the blanket is wrapped around her body once again.See more »
Quotes:
Archie Lee Meighan:Is that what they call a Mona Lisa smile you got on your puss?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Whatever Happened to Rock 'n' Roll? (2015) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shame, Shame, ShameSee more »

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23 out of 39 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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