Baby Doll
First screened in October 2001 / Most recently screened in March 2016
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Lonny Champan, Eades Hogue, Noah Williamson, Rip Torn, Madeleine Sherwood. Screenplay: Tennesse Williams (based on his play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton).

Twitter Capsule: Rotten, inimitable, expertly shot American dramedy, powered and haunted by its own vulgarity. Ace direction. Genius set.

VOR:   Amazingly bold in content and theme, and not just "for its time." Incredibly precise management of tone and ideas. Unmistakably Williams, but barely a whiff of the stage. Remarkable.

Photo © 1956 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Carroll Baker
Best Supporting Actress: Mildred Dunnock
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tennessee Williams
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Boris Kaufman

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Elia Kazan
Best Actress (Drama): Carroll Baker
Best Actor (Drama): Karl Malden
Best Supporting Actress: Mildred Dunnock
Best Supporting Actor: Eli Wallach
Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Carroll Baker (also cited for Giant)

Other Awards:
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Most Promising Newcomer to Film (Wallach)

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