- Original title
- Running time
- 115 min.
- United States
Tennessee Williams. Theater: Tennessee Williams
Boris Kaufman (B&W)
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.
: 4 Nominations Oscar: Actress (Baker), Supporting Actress (Dunnock), Cinematography B&W, Screenplay adapt.
: Golden Globes: Best Director & Most Prom. Newcomer - Female (Baker). 5 Nominations
: BAFTA Awards: Most Promising Newcomer (Eli Wallach). 4 Nominations
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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