Leave it to Eliza Kazan and Tennessee Williams to concoct an art film that also qualifies for this feature. Baby Doll is a weird, twisted, and quirky film that features a flamboyant performance by Eli Wallach who departed this mortal coil last week at the age of 98.
Baby Doll was very controversial at the time of its release in 1956. The Catholic Legion of Decency shat bricks over Caroll Baker’s thumbsucking character. It’s pretty tame by contemporary standards, unless, that is, you’re Rick Santorum, John Roberts, or Scalito. To paraphrase the old movie snipe, let’s all go to the Hobby Lobby to get ourselves a treat…
In the end, I’m not sure if Baby Doll is a good bad movie or a bad good movie. It’s certainly not boring.
Here’s the trailer: