Baby Doll Overview:

Baby Doll (1956) was a Drama - Comedy Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Elia Kazan.

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Still controversial, this adaptation (by the playwright) of a Tennessee Williams play caused an outrage upon its release. From this vantage point, Kazan's claustrophobic depiction of the sweaty competition between a dim cotton-mill owner and his business rival for the attention of the mill owner's simpering child bride is less shocking than harrowing.

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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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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!


[repeated lines]
Baby Doll: [to Archie] Big shot!


Baby Doll: [after being told to make him comfortable] Ain't nobody comfortable in that house. Lucky if you can find a chair to sit down on. You want coffee?
Silva Vacarro: No, just a nice cool drink of water.
Baby Doll: Oh, well the house water runs warm. But if you've got the energy to run that old pump over there you can get yourself a nice cool drink from that there cistern.
Silva Vacarro: I've got energy to burn.


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Facts about

Feature film debuts of Eli Wallach and Rip Torn.
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.
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.
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