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Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 29 December 1956 (USA)
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Archie Lee Meighan
... Baby Doll Meighan
... Silva Vacarro
... Aunt Rose Comfort
... Rock
Eades Hogue ... Town Marshal
Noah Williamson ... Deputy
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Living in Tiger Tail County, Mississippi, middle aged Archie Lee Meighan and nineteen year old "Baby Doll" Meighan née McCargo have been married for close to two years. Their marriage is not based on love, but each getting what they want from the other. Their marriage agreement has them consummating their marriage on her twentieth birthday, which is in three days, the act to which Baby Doll is not really looking forward. But she does taunt him and other men with her overt "baby doll" sexuality, the baby doll aspect which she fosters by sleeping in their house's nursery in a crib. Baby Doll's now deceased father allowed the marriage on the stipulation that Archie Lee provide Baby Doll financial security as displayed by the most resplendent house in the south. They currently live in a dilapidated mansion with her Aunt Rose Comfort, and although Archie Lee is making some renovations on it, he no longer has the financial means to make it what Baby Doll wants as his cotton ginning ... Written by Huggo

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29 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Mississippi Woman  »

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$2,300,000, 31 December 1956
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Elia Kazan's and Karl Malden's last film together. See more »

Goofs

The water spray from Baby Doll's bath shoots out from the next room and not from the bath room. See more »

Quotes

Baby Doll: He went off and left me without a Coke in the house!
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Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

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Shame, Shame, Shame
Written by Ken Hopkins and Ruby Fisher
Sung by Smiley Lewis
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Fuzzy and Buzzy
12 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

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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