Baby Doll (1956) was a Drama - Comedy Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Elia Kazan.
Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Carroll Baker||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Mildred Dunnock||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Boris Kaufman||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Tennessee Williams||Nominated|
Breaking the Code: Baby Doll (1956) Article
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Here is my entry in the booklet for Elia Kazan's Baby Doll. This one was by far the easiest to write.Broken Code: Impure love must not be presented in such a way to arouse passion or morbi... Read full article
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Archie Lee Meighan
Is that what they call a Mona Lisa smile you got on your puss?
Well, let's go in now. We got nothing to do but wait for tomorrow and see if we're remembered or forgotten.
Excuse me, Mr. Vacarro, but I wouldn't dream of eatin' a nut that a man had cracked in his mouth.
You've got many refinements.
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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
's first choice for the title role of Baby Doll was Marilyn Monroe
, (who was straining to improve herself as an actress at the time and wanted the role badly), although Elia Kazan
preferred newcomer Carroll Baker
, whose work he was familiar with from the Actors' Studio in New York.
Feature film debuts of Eli Wallach
and Rip Torn
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