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Baby Doll ()


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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.
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Archie Lee Meighan
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Baby Doll Meighan
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Silva Vacarro
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Aunt Rose Comfort
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Town Marshal
Noah Williamson ...
Deputy
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Townsman Sid (uncredited) (voice)
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Nurse in Doctor's Office (uncredited)
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The Dentist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Elia Kazan

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Tennessee Williams ... (screenplay)

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Elia Kazan ... producer

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Kenyon Hopkins

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Boris Kaufman ... director of photography

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Gene Milford

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Lyman Hallowell ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Richard Sylbert

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Gene Callahan

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Anna Hill Johnstone

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Willis Hanchett ... hair stylist
Robert Jiras ... makeup artist (as Robert E. Jiras)

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Forrest E. Johnston ... production manager

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Charles H. Maguire ... assistant director
Arthur Steckler ... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

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Paul Sylbert ... associate art director
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

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Edward J. Johnstone ... sound

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Lucky Kargo ... stunts (uncredited)

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Flo Transfield ... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Roberta Hodes ... continuity / script supervisor
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Plot Summary

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 competitor, the recently arrived Sicilian Silva Vacarro who runs the cotton plantation syndicate, has effectively put him and many others in the area out of business. The Meighan's fortunes may change after Vacarro's cotton gin burns down in a case of arson. Vacarro is certain Archie Lee is the arsonist. After meeting the Meighans and learning more about their marriage, Vacarro believes the way to get what he wants is through Baby Doll. This action begins the three way battle of wills between Vacarro, Archie Lee and Baby Doll. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Her role is raw electricity! Her portrayal is a sensation! CARROLL BAKER See more »
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Also Known As
  • Twenty-Seven Wagon Loads of Cotton (United States)
  • Mississippi Woman (United States)
  • La poupée de chair (France)
  • Baby Doll - Begehre nicht des anderen Weib (Germany)
  • La bambola di carne (Italy)
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  • 114 min
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Trivia Feature film debut of Eli Wallach. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood Uncensored (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Shame, Shame, Shame See more »
Quotes Baby Doll: Sometimes, big shot, you don't seem to give me credit for very much intelligence at all. I've been to school in my life - and I'm a magazine reader!
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