Theater archives

Baby Doll


Dir. Elia Kazan (1956).
Tennessee Williams concocted this mad Actors Studio farce, Kazan’s only comedy, in which a Mississippi child bride who refuses to allow her glad-handing husband to touch her, gets seduced (maybe) by his hated, ultra-ethnic rival. Baby Doll was publicized with one of the largest posters in Times Square history (a nightie-clad Carroll Baker curled up in a crib, sucking . . . her thumb); New York’s then archbishop, Francis Cardinal Spellman warned his flock that seeing the movie was in itself a sin. Your move.

Wed., Oct. 14, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 & 10 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 15, 1 & 3:15 p.m., 2009

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