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Seductive Carroll Baker exchanges looks with amorous Eli Wallach.
Seductive Carroll Baker exchanges looks with amorous Eli Wallach.

Thumbnail for Baby Doll (1956) Baby Doll (1956)

Basics Critics:67Viewers:71Rusty:78
Category: Comedy, DramaNotable as: Drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Black comedy, Comedy, DramaMain subject: virginityRuntime: 114 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: Tennessee WilliamsMusic: Kenyon HopkinsCinematography: Boris KaufmanStars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Rip Torn, Lonny ChapmanProducer: Elia KazanAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Carroll Baker)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Boris Kaufman)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Mildred Dunnock)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Tennessee Williams)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Baby Doll is a 1956 American black comedy and drama film directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Carroll Baker, Karl Malden and Eli Wallach. The film also features Mildred Dunnock and Rip Torn. It was produced by Kazan and Tennessee Williams, and adapted by Williams from his own one-act play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. The plot focuses on a feud between two rival cotton gin owners in rural Mississippi; after one of the men commits arson against the other's gin, the owner retaliates by attempting to seduce the arsonist's nineteen-year-old virgin bride with the hopes of receiving an admission by her of her husband's guilt. The film was controversial when it was released due to its implicit sexual themes, provoking a largely successful effort to ban it, waged by the Roman Catholic National Legion of Decency. Nevertheless, the film received multiple nominations for major awards and performed decently at the box office. Kazan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the film was nominated for four other Golden Globe awards, as well as four Academy Awards and four BAFTA Awards awards, with Eli Wallach taking the BAFTA prize for "Most Promising Newcomer to Film."

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