ESSENTIAL CINEMA

BABY DOLL

Directed by Elia Kazan
Written by Tennessee Williams
Cast includes Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, and Mildred Dunnock.
USA, 1956, B&W, Warner Bros., 35mm, 114 min.

Produced by Kazan and Tennessee Williams, and adapted by Williams from his own one-act play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, BABY DOLL focuses on a feud between two rival cotton gin owners in rural Mississippi. After one of the men commits arson against the other's gin, the owner retaliates by attempting to seduce the arsonist's nineteen-year-old virgin bride with the hopes of receiving an admission by her of her husband's guilt.

The film was controversial when it was released due to its implicit sensual themes, provoking a largely successful effort to ban it, waged by the Roman Catholic National Legion of Decency. Nevertheless, the film received multiple nominations for major awards and performed decently at the box office. Kazan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the film was nominated for four other Golden Globe awards, as well as four Academy Awards and four BAFTA awards, with Eli Wallach taking the BAFTA prize for "Most Promising Newcomer to Film."



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