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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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Baby Doll: I don't want to be in the same room with a man that would make me live in a house with no furniture! My daddy would turn over in his grave if he knew, he would just turn over in his grave.
Archie Lee Meighan: If your daddy turned in his grave as often as you say he'd turn in his grave, that old man would plow up the graveyard.


Baby Doll: [Silva caresses her neck] Don't touch me please, I don't like to be touched.
Silva Vacarro: Then why do you smile?
Baby Doll: Because you make me feel kind of hysterical Mr. Vacarro.
Silva Vacarro: [knowing smile] I do?
Baby Doll: [starts to get up] I think I'll go make us some lemonade.
[he holds her back]
Baby Doll: What did you do that for?
Silva Vacarro: I don't want to be deprived of the pleasure of your company. Not yet.
Baby Doll: Mr. Vacarro you certainly are getting familiar.
Silva Vacarro: Don't you have any fun loving spirit about you?
Baby Doll: Yeah, but this isn't fun.
[laughs breathlessly and smiles]
Silva Vacarro: Then why do you giggle?


[repeated lines]
Archie Lee Meighan: Baby Doll!


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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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