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Baby Doll

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Original title
Baby Doll
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Tennessee Williams. Theater: Tennessee Williams
Kenyon Hopkins
Boris Kaufman (B&W)
Warner Bros.
Drama. Romance | Southern Gothic
Movie Groups
Tennessee Williams Adaptations
Baby Doll Meighan is a pretty, vacuous Southern 'white trash' gal who at 17 still sleeps in a crib and sucks her thumb. She has been married for two years to ineffectual, bigoted Archie Lee. The couple have not yet consummated their marriage because Archie Lee promised Baby Doll's dying father that he would not touch his daughter until she said she was "ready for marriage." He is frustrated by this strain and obliged to peek at his squirmy half-dressed child-bride through a hole in her bedroom wall. Archie Lee is further humiliated ind incensed by a flashy Sicilian business rival who has recently managed to force Archie Lee's decrepit cotton gin out of business.
1956: 4 Nominations Oscar: Actress (Baker), Supporting Actress (Dunnock), Cinematography B&W, Screenplay adapt.
1956: Golden Globes: Best Director & Most Prom. Newcomer - Female (Baker). 5 Nominations
1956: BAFTA Awards: Most Promising Newcomer (Eli Wallach). 4 Nominations
1956: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Director
1956: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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