The American Cinematheque presents... A Night at the Egyptian with Actress Carroll Baker





Sunday, January 23 – 5:00 PM

Actress Carroll Baker in-person with BABY DOLL

BABY DOLL (1956, 114 min.)

Join us for a one-on-one conversation with Hollywood legend Carroll Baker -- following a screening of her groundbreaking performance as the child bride in director Elia Kazan’s Gothic tale of pride and perversity in the deep South. With Eli Wallach and Karl Malden.

Elia Kazan’s controversial 1956 film BABY DOLL stars Carroll Baker in a ground-breaking performance as a thumb-sucking, child bride in the deep south. Karl Malden stars as Archie Lee Meighan, her middle-aged husband, a cotton gin owner who eagerly awaits his bride’s 20th birthday when they will finally consummate their marriage. But rival cotton business man Silva Vaccaro (Eli Wallach in his film debut) suspects Archie of burning down his gin and takes an erotic form of Sicilian vengeance in this gothic tale of pride and perversity. Based on a Tennessee Williams’ play, BABY DOLL garnered Oscar nominations for Carroll Baker (Best Actress); for Boris Kaufman (Best Cinematography Black & White); Mildred Dunnock (Best Supporting Actress) for and Tennessee Williams (Best Writing, Best Screenplay adapted for script). BABY DOLL was condemned by the Legion of Decency upon its release. Rip Torn also makes his film debut in an uncredited role. Carroll Baker (GIANT, THE CARPETBAGGERS, HARLOW) will appear in-person for an in-depth discussion following the screening.