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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)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressCarroll BakerNominated
Best Supporting ActressMildred DunnockNominated
Best CinematographyBoris KaufmanNominated
Best WritingTennessee WilliamsNominated
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Breaking the Code: Baby Doll (1956) Article

By Google profile on Nov 25, 2007 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

About MeBlogger, Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog and more. Please add my Google profile to your circles. 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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Silva Vacarro: So, the wedding was postponed?
Baby Doll: Oh, no, not the wedding. We had the wedding. My daddy gave me away.
Silva Vacarro: But you said Archie Lee waited.
Baby Doll: Yeah, after the wedding he waited.
Silva Vacarro: For what?
Baby Doll: For me to be ready for marriage.
Silva Vacarro: How long did he have to wait?
Baby Doll: Oh, he's still waiting.


Archie Lee Meighan: Today is the fifth day of November. Tomorrow is the sixth day of November, and the day after that is November seventh. And you know what day that is, don't you? November seventh is your 20th birthday.
Baby Doll: Ain't that sweet of you to remember. Where's my birthday present?
Archie Lee Meighan: Oh, you'll get your birthday present, providin' you haven't forgotten the agreement between us, which comes due on that day.
Baby Doll: Oh, the agreement?
Archie Lee Meighan: Yeah, the agreement, that you swore on a Bible to keep your side of... Have I ever laid hands on you since we've been married?
Baby Doll: Yeah, as often as possible.


Baby Doll: I told him I'd be ready on my 20th birthday.
Silva Vacarro: But that's tomorrow. And will you be ready?
Baby Doll: Well, that all depends.
Silva Vacarro: What on?
Baby Doll: Whether or not the furniture comes back.
[he looks sideways at her]
Baby Doll: I guess.
Silva Vacarro: Mrs. Meighan your husband sweats more than any man I know and now I can understand why.


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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
The Legion of Decency, an organization of the Roman Catholic Church in the US, condemned the film as immoral, and despite the efforts of director Elia Kazan, were able to get it withdrawn from release.
Feature film debuts of Eli Wallach and Rip Torn.
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