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Suggestive sex at its best, revolving around the love of cotton in Mississippi. Nubile Baker is married to slow-witted Malden, who runs a cotton gin. His torching of Wallach's cotton gin begins a cycle of sexual innuendo and tension, brought to exhilarating life on screen, without a single filmed kiss. Performers and sets ooze during the steamy exhibition, which was considered highly erotic when released. Excellent performances from entire cast, with expert pacing by director Kazan. Screenplay is based on Tennessee Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton."

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Available on Running time 115 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
American South, Adapted from a Play, Marriage, Plays to Film: Tennessee Williams, Sex & Sexuality
Screenplay
Tennessee Williams
Cast
Eli Wallach, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Mildred Dunnock, Rip Torn
Cinematography
Boris Kaufman
Director
Elia Kazan
Producer
Warner Bros., Newtown Productions

Awards

Golden Globes 1957: Director (Kazan).

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Deedy

Please note one error in this review: Baker and Wallach DO kiss in "Baby Doll". She turns out the light in the kitchen, and they share a long and passionate kiss. This happens while Malden is talking on the phone in the hallway.