Baby Doll


(out of 5)

‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia Kazan.  Like most of Tennessee Williams’ works, the story features characters and situations that are overripe with strangeness, but Baker’s work and the supporting performances by  and  make the calculated oddities work very well.  Baker marries  as a young teenager and still sleeps in a crib, not letting her husband come anywhere near her until she’s old enough (according to her late father’s wishes). At the same time, she insists on his fixing up the house with expensive furniture that he can’t afford in order to make her happy. Moody photography and excellent dialogue are a plus in this memorable Sothern Gothic tale.

USA, 1956

Directed by Elia Kazan

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Elia Kazan

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1956

Golden Globe Awards 1956


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