Baby Doll

March 9, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: KWAHS Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
Admission: $14 // $10.75 Members

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Few figures loom larger in Key West’s literary history than Tennessee Williams — and we are proud to partner with the Key West Art and Historical Society to celebrate the legendary author and playwright throughout March!

Williams’s play “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” was the basis for this steamy 1956 sex seriocomedy, condemned by the Legion of Decency upon its release (but practically a model of decorum today).

Karl Malden stars as the oafish owner of a failing cotton gin business. Thanks to a financial arrangement with her father, he’s married to gorgeous teenager Carroll Baker, who steadfastly refuses to sleep with her husband until she reaches the age of 20. Her nickname is “Baby Doll”—a title she does her best to live up to by lying in a crib-like bed and sucking her thumb.

As Baby Doll’s 20th birthday approaches, crafty Sicilian Eli Wallach enters the picture (making his film debut, along with fellow supporting actor Rip Torn). He covets both Malden’s wife and business, and he’s willing to go to great lengths to get what he wants.

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