Weird, offbeat ,racy, surprisingly funny, southern Gothic, seemingly constantly shifting tone.... in short a subversive little masterpiece. I can't understand why Wallach is praised for the Good, the Bad and Ugly while his work here is seemingly unknown.
I'm told this screen adaptation differs greatly from Williams' original play, and that only goes to prove that Williams was, indeed, a great screenwriter as well, one that understood the medium and how to write for an audience. Elia Kazan directs it to perfection and Eli Wallach just knocks it out of the park.
I was watching it in a very defensive way, it's hard to go along with it. The acting looked very overreacted. Baker didn't sell a 19 year old to me, although she is laughing like a child all the time... I confess I was waiting for something else because it looked like a good idea.
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.