Baby Doll Meighan is a pretty, vacuous Southern ‘white trash’ gal who at 19 still sleeps in a crib and sucks her thumb. She has been married for two years to ineffectual, bigoted Archie Lee. The couple have not yet consummated their marriage because Archie Lee promised Baby Doll’s dying father that he would not touch his daughter until she said she was “ready for marriage.” He is frustrated by this strain and obliged to peek at his squirmy half-dressed child-bride through a hole in her bedroom wall. Archie Lee is further humiliated ind incensed by a flashy Sicilian business rival who has recently managed to force Archie Lee’s decrepit cotton gin out of business. One night in a fit of desperation and frustration, Archie Lee burns down his rival’s cotton gin. The rest of the story describes the Sicilian’s revenge as he blatantly pursues and seduces a distraught but sensually aroused Baby Doll, and attempts to terrorize her into revealing Archie Lee’s crime. –IMDb
Kazan was born Elias Kazancoglu in Istanbul to a Greek father from Kayseri, Turkey and a Greek mother from Istanbul, where her family were cotton merchants who imported cotton from Manchester, England, and sold it wholesale in Istanbul to various merchants, both Greek and Turkish, who took the goods out to the provinces. His family emigrated to the United States in 1913 and settled in New York City, where his father, George Kazanjoglu, became a rug merchant. Kazan’s father expected that his son would go into the family business, but his mother, Athena (née Sismanoglou), encouraged Kazan to make his own decisions. His family name ‘Kazanjoglou’ (an alternate spelling is Kazantzoglou) is Turkish, meaning “The son of a cauldron maker”, where the root word ‘kazan’ means cauldron or boiler. It was and still is common to find people of Greek, Jewish, Assyrian, Armenian, and Kurdish lineage with Turkish family names or where the root words in the names are uniquely Turkish.
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. The electricity bewteen Eli Wallach and Carroll Baker is fantastic; it's too bad she went into obscurity in the '60s and '70s when she started doing a bunch of crappy Italian giallos. Not only was she a tremendous actress, but she was uniquely beautiful.
When Eli Wallach speaks in Baby Doll, it feels like a slice of the most irresistible bacon is being dangled in front of your face; smokey, sultry, hot juice dripping down your leg.