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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.


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.


Archie Lee Meighan: Is that what they call a Mona Lisa smile you got on your puss?


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Tennessee Williams's screenplay for "Baby Doll" is based on two of his one-act plays, "Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton" and "The Unsatisfactory Supper".
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Church in the US, condemned the film as immoral, and despite the efforts of director Elia Kazan, were able to get it withdrawn from release.
Tennessee Williams'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.
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