Baby Doll (1956) was a Drama - Comedy Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Elia Kazan.
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.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
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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Baby Doll: Thank you.
Archie Lee Meighan: Is that what they call a Mona Lisa smile you got on your puss?
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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Church in the US, condemned the film as immoral, and despite the efforts of director Elia Kazan, were able to get it withdrawn from release.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 screenplay for "Baby Doll" is based on two of his one-act plays, "Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton" and "The Unsatisfactory Supper".
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