Watch: Baby Doll 1956 123movies, Full Movie Online – Living in Tiger Tail County, Mississippi, middle-aged Archie Lee Meighan and 19-year-old “Baby Doll” Meighan née McCargo have been married for close to two years. Their marriage is not based on love, but on each getting what they want from the other. Their marriage agreement has them consummating their marriage on her 20th birthday, which is in three days, and she’s not looking forward to it. But she does taunt him and other men with her overt “baby doll” sexuality, fostering the baby-doll aspect by sleeping in a crib in their house’s nursery. Baby Doll’s now-deceased father allowed the marriage on the stipulation that Archie Lee provide Baby Doll financial security as displayed by the most resplendent house in the south. They currently live in a dilapidated mansion with her Aunt Rose Comfort, and although Archie Lee is making some renovations on it, he no longer has the financial means to make it what Baby Doll wants as his cotton-ginning competitor, the recently-arrived Sicilian Silva Vacarro who runs the cotton plantation syndicate, has effectively put him and many others in the area out of business. The Meighans’ fortunes could change after Vacarro’s cotton gin burns down in a case of arson. Vacarro is certain Archie Lee is the arsonist. After meeting the Meighans and learning more about their marriage, Vacarro believes the way to get what he wants is through Baby Doll. This action begins the three-way battle of wills among Vacarro, Archie Lee, and Baby Doll..
Plot: Archie Lee Meighan is a failing cotton gin owner who is married to Baby Doll, a 19-year old childlike beauty whose father arranged the marriage for financial reasons. As Archie awaits the arrival of Baby Doll’s 20th birthday, the day that they are supposed to consummate their marriage, he faces interference from business rival Silva Vacarro, who plots to seduce Baby Doll away from Meighan.
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Eli Wallach shines
I’ve seen quite a few films in my life, but none such as this. Elia Kazan’s quirky, off-the-wall romp about revenge and justice in 1950’s Mississippi is truly remarkable. The first time I saw this movie I didn’t know how to take it; I turned on my TV one day right at the scene where Eli Wallach and Carroll Baker are upstairs playing hide and seek… It seemed disturbing, but something about it held my interest.
A second viewing of this film was powerful. Karl Malden is right on the money as the loud-mouthed, frustrated, alcoholic husband; Carroll Baker, brilliant (and stunning) as Baby Doll; but I have to say, Eli Wallach SHINES as Silva Vacarro. He is so smooth, calculated, and mesmerizing as the one who “does his own justice”. Hard to believe he didn’t win an Oscar for his performance.
It is worth noting Kazan’s use of the extras in this film (most of whom are African-American). Often you’ll see a man or two in the background or off to the side, observing the story as it unfolds; they are the silent and wise observers to the craziness around them. Like the scene where Karl Malden is yelling “Babeee Dolllll!!!!” from his car, and the men just sit there and watch him–you wonder what they’re thinking.
A superb film! The dining room scene at the end is choice.
It is amazing how much society has changed in the 62 years since the release of Baby Doll. At that time, The Catholic Church’s Legion of Decency condemned the film as morally offensive. Here in NY, Cardinal Spellman warned the faithful that the viewing the movie would send them to hell. Holy s***! I finally got around to it and I cannot believe how tame it is. Carroll Baker is a 19 year-old married virgin who is making her husband, played by Karl Malden, wait until her 20th birthday to consummate the marriage. Along comes an Italian immigrant, played by Eli Wallach, and let the fireworks begin. What follows is a camp comedy which was written by Tennessee Williams. Baker sizzles as the young innocent bride. Wallach and Malden are terrific. I highly recommend Baby Doll.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Elia Kazan
Writer Tennessee Williams
Actors Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 4 Oscars. 3 wins & 13 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System), Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm