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) ArticleBy 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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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?
Archie Lee Meighan: Baby Doll!
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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Church in the US, condemned the film as immoral, and despite the efforts of director Elia Kazan, were able to get it withdrawn from release.
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