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Baby Doll

Baby Doll

Karl Malden
Director: Elia Kazan Cast: Karl Malden
Karl Malden
, Carroll Baker
Carroll Baker
, Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
Elia Kazan

Blu-ray (Subtitled / Full Frame)

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Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton was the basis for this steamy sex seriocomedy. Karl Malden stars as the doltish owner of a Southern cotton gin. He is married to luscious teenager Carroll Baker, who steadfastly refuses to sleep with her husband until she reaches the age of 20. Her nickname is "Baby Doll," a cognomen she does her best to live up to by lying in a crib-like bed and sucking her thumb. Enter crafty Sicilian Eli Wallach (who, like supporting actor Rip Torn, makes his film debut herein), who covets both Malden's wife and business. Malden's jealously sets fire to Wallach's business, compelling Wallach to try to claim Baby Doll as "compensation." Heavily admonished for its supposed filthiness in 1956 (it was condemned by the Legion of Decency, which did more harm to the Legion than to the film), Baby Doll seems a model of decorum today--so much so that it is regularly shown on the straight-laced American Movie Classics cable service.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2021
UPC: 0883929738120
Original Release: 1956
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 19,557

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Malden Archie Lee Meighan
Carroll Baker Baby Doll Meighan
Eli Wallach Silva Vaccaro
Mildred Dunnock Aunt Rose Comfort
Lonny Chapman Rock
Eades Hogue Town Marshal
Noah Williamson Deputy
John Stuart Dudley Doctor
Will Lester Sheriff
Madeleine Sherwood Nurse
Rip Torn Brick
James Williams Mayor

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director,Producer
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Charles H. Maguire Asst. Director
Gene Milford Editor
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter

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