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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Closed Caption; New featurette Baby Doll: See No Evil; Baby Doll trailer gallery; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Highly controversial and condemned by numerous religious organizations when first released, Baby Doll seems hardly worth the uproar when viewed today. While time has dulled its impact somewhat, the film is still an erotic and occasionally powerful, if contrived, study of lust, repression, hypocrisy and desire. Tennessee Williams' screenplay contains some wonderful innuendo-filled dialogue, as well as typical Williams imagery. What's surprising is that the picture is actually a black comedy, rather than the tragedy or melodrama one might expect. Elia Kazan directs with one eye on steamy sleaze and the other on the sheer foolishness of all involved, and gets some impressive performances out of his cast. Carroll Baker is surprisingly good, more than just an actress with looks. She's an off-putting, aggravating, teasing nymphet with something special beyond all of her alluring enticements. Karl Malden does well as her oafish, suffering husband, and Eli Wallach is especially good as the fly in his ointment. The garden swing scene between Wallach and Baker is especially noteworthy. Kenyon Hopkins' jazzy, sultry score adds immeasurably to the film's impact. Dimmed though its steamy luster may be by the passage of time, Baby Doll still makes an impression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • UPC: 085393892524
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Baby Doll
1. Credits [2:23]
2. Agreement Coming Due [4:27]
3. All Fired Up and All Wet [3:56]
4. Driving Into Town [3:55]
5. Prescription for Humiliation [4:30]
6. Furniture Clearance [4:05]
7. Up in Flames [3:42]
8. Biblical Justice [3:58]
9. 27 Wagons Full of Cotton [3:17]
10. Energy to Burn [3:20]
11. Playing Chauffeur [5:20]
12. Principle of Tit for Tat [5:20]
13. Getting Familiar [5:09]
14. Evil Spirits [3:27]
15. Gin Out of Joint [2:47]
16. Offer of Lemonade [5:34]
17. Haunting the House [3:56]
18. Playtime [2:48]
19. Attic Blackmail [3:33]
20. Nap Time [3:26]
21. Useless and Destructive [5:07]
22. Good Neighbor Policy [4:06]
23. Suddenly Grown Up [4:22]
24. Aunt Rose's Future [5:14]
25. Sorry Situation [6:28]
26. Trigger Sappy [3:27]
27. One White Man to Another [4:17]
28. Celebration Over [2:39]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Baby Doll
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Baby Doll: See No Evil
      Baby Doll Trailer Gallery
         Billboard Trailer
         Theatrical Trailer
         TV Trailer
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This begins slowly but grabs the attention after the start. Many different viewpoints can be taken about the relationship between Baby Doll and the "Stranger" and it's interesting to see how their intentions develop towards one another as the "baby" in her awakens from his constant prodding!

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