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Baby Doll Review


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The first shot of Baby Doll slaps you in the face with the promise of something unique and the assurance that you're about to watch a real Tennessee Williams production. That shot is of Carroll Baker, lolling on a child's bed with her thumb in her mouth. When we see Karl Malden leering at her through a peephole, we assume he's the local pervert. He turns out to be her husband. And that's the source of all the film's sexual tension.

Baby Doll (as she's known) turns out to be a virgin, and Malden's Archie is due to change that on her 20th birthday, which is set to occur in two days. But things take a strange turn when one of Archie's competitors, Silva (Eli Wallach) -- both men are cotton gin owner/operators -- accuses Archie of burning down his gin. As payback, Silva figures he'll take the only thing of value that Archie has: His wife... if you could call her that.

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The Corn Is Green Review


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Bette Davis stars as an uptight schoolmarm in 1895 Wales, where she decides to spend her own money to get the boys out of the coalmines and into her classroom. When a surprisingly gifted young man (John Dall, Rope) emerges, Davis urges him to apply for full scholarship at Oxford. Think an illegitimate baby will stop this kid!? No chance!

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