Baby Doll (1956)
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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
Dec 18, 1956 Wide
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Wallach as the vengeful Vacarro plays it to the hilt. Malden is cast to perfection and turns in a socko performance.
The grotesquely caricatured performances and the evocation of the baking, dusty, indolent homestead make for witty and compelling viewing.
Mr. Kazan keeps the courtship bouncing between the emotional and the ludicrous.
An explosive, provocative black comedy from Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan.
Tennessee Williams adapted his play in this provocative black comedy, directed with intensity by Kazan, and starring Carroll Baker in her Oscar-nominate performance as the child-bride.
I love this stuff; it's remarkably silly, yet the actors play it so straight you'd think it was Hamlet.
an impressively steamy story for its day with some moments of true greatness
Regarded as scandalous when it was first released, Baby Doll has lost its shock value but retains a strong, sweaty Deep South sensuality.
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