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Baby Doll

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Cotton-mill owner Archie Meighan, married to nineteen-year-old "Baby Doll", looks forward to the day his wife turns twenty and will finally allow him to sleep with her. But he has competition in the form of sly business competitor Silva Vacarro, who covets both Archie's cotton mill AND his young and beautiful wife.
Title: Baby doll
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: "Baby doll: see no evil" making-of featurette (13 min); Baby doll trailer gallery with theatrical, television, and billboard trailers (5 min.).
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.
Summary: Cotton-mill owner Archie Meighan, married to nineteen-year-old "Baby Doll", looks forward to the day his wife turns twenty and will finally allow him to sleep with her. But he has competition in the form of sly business competitor Silva Vacarro, who covets both Archie's cotton mill AND his young and beautiful wife.
Audience: MPAA rating R.
ISBN: 9780790795652
0790795655
Statement of Responsibility: Castle Hill Productions ; Warner Bros. Pictures presents an Elia Kazan production ; original screenplay, Tennessee Williams ; directed by Elia Kazan
Credits: Director of photography, Boris Kaufman ; music composed by Kenyon Hopkins ; manager of production, Forrest E. Johnston ; film editor, Gene Milford ; art director, Richard Sylbert ; costumes, Anna Hill Johnstone ; script and continuity, Roberta Hodes.
Performers: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Lonny Chapman, Eades Hogue, Noah Williamson.
System Details: DVD, dual-layer; region 1; Dolby digital mono.
Other Language: In English with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish. Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Drama. Marriage Drama. Middle-aged men Drama. Teenage girls Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Topical Term: Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Marriage
Middle-aged men
Teenage girls
Publisher No: 38925
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Jul 01, 2014
  • legadillo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Eli Wallach. 'Nuf said.

Jun 23, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tennessee Williams created the story of Baby Doll. Now we know he will create a character that we can both love and hate. She is a simple girl of 19 who is already married to an older man Karl Malden. Karl can't handle Baby Doll and it ruining his life. Eli Wallach would like to have Malden's wife and his cotton mill. The emotions are raw and some might be offended with an older man with a young wife. It probably happens more often than any us thought. We do have to consider the story takes place in the South in the early 50's. For me, this stands out as another Tennessee Williams masterpiece and Five Stars to all the actors in this small cast.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another powerful screenplay written by Tennessee Williams, and again directed by the brilliant Elia Kazan, their first collaboration being the masterpiece "A Streetcar Named Desire" in '51. This film was unbelievably banned by the then powerful "Legion of Decency", as too sexually provocative. It's incredible how morally restrictive things were, and how much the children of today witness. Conversely, the ugly weed of segregation was growing in full bloom, especially in Mississippi, (e.g. check out the separate water coolers for 'whites' & 'colored' in the doctor's office) and racial slurs against African and Italian Americans were acceptable (if not commonplace). Apparently that was "decent" to the "Legion". All three actors in this lovers' triangle were marvelous: Karl Malden was terrific as the bellowing, sexually frustrated older husband; Eli Wallach was fantastic as the revengeful Sicilian (even though he's Jewish, lol); and the alluring 25 year old Carroll Baker was seductive and Oscar worthy (she was nominated). A great film.

Dec 09, 2011
  • TheresaB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I’d happened across this film and was surprised, once again, at Tennessee William’s insightfulness. Beyond the dated aesthetic (as present day expectations of what a handsome man looks like have changed) it is a contemporary tale of a young woman choosing a relationship with a much older man for safety, only to be “tempted” when a handsome man closer to her age comes along. This is classic Tennessee tale in the witty dialogue and ambiguity of situation (no one is simply “good” nor simply “bad”). So, if you can over-look the black & white film stock and the limited setting this is a film worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of Tennessee William’s work.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Baby Doll (to Aunt Rose): "Well, let's go in now. We got nothin' to do… but wait for tomorrow… and see if we're remembered… or forgotten."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Baby Doll (to Archie Lee Meighan): "Sometimes, big shot, you don't seem to give me credit for very much intelligence at all... I been to school in my life - and I'm a magazine reader!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Silva Vacarro: "I find you different this evening in some way." Baby Doll: "Never mind that. Just go while he's still on the phone." Silva Vacarro: "Grown up suddenly." Baby Doll: "I feel cool and rested for the first time in my life... That's the way I feel. Cool... and rested..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Baby Doll: "I told him I'd be 'ready' on my 20th birthday." Silva Vacarro: "But that's tomorrow. And will you be ready?" Baby Doll: "Well, that all depends." Silva Vacarro: "What on?" Baby Doll: "Whether or not the furniture comes back... I guess." Silva Vacarro: "Mrs. Meighan your husband sweats more than any man I know and now I can understand why."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Baby Doll: "Mah Daddy would turn in his grave!..."

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