Baby Doll
Baby Doll (1956)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 18, 1956
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2003
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Variety Staff

Wallach as the vengeful Vacarro plays it to the hilt. Malden is cast to perfection and turns in a socko performance.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Kazan keeps the courtship bouncing between the emotional and the ludicrous.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of Elia Kazan's most underrated movies is his only pure comedy.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wickedly funny salacious black comedy.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The movie hasn't aged a day in fifty years.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The grotesquely caricatured performances and the evocation of the baking, dusty, indolent homestead make for witty and compelling viewing.

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TV Guide

An explosive, provocative black comedy from Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

I love this stuff; it's remarkably silly, yet the actors play it so straight you'd think it was Hamlet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Another great Tennessee Williams play directed by Kazan, and starring three great actors. I loved this movie it has everything, drama, romance, comedy, and… More
Stella Dallas
tennessee williams meets tobacco road in this notorious southern grotesque, all about sex but with no nudity, this being the '50's. of course that… More
Devon Bott
Archie Lee (Karl Malden) is kind of a pathetic figure. He's a loser in life, his business, a cotton gin, is a failure, and his house is a broken down old… More
Randy Tippy
Say what you want about it's controversial subject matter or it's questionable place in cinematic history, <i>Baby Doll</i> is just one… More
Conner Rainwater
I wouldn't exactly call it a masterpiece, especially considering it was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. It's got good… More
jay nixon
Lurid, overheated Tennessee Williams. Good performances but the ick factor is high.