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BABY DOLL
March 31, 2016  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

This 1956 Eliza Kazan movie, based on a play by Tennessee Williams, is about a 19-year-old girl, played by Carroll Baker, married to a man who promised to protect the somewhat simple girl’s virginity until she turned 20, which is just around the corner. But so is another man, which makes this a particularly steamy film, starring Karl Malden and Eli Wallach. This is shown on the last night of TCM’s month-long salute to controversial films because the Catholic Legion of Decency banned the film after seeing a still photograph of Baker, lounging in an oversized crib, sucking her thumb. If it’s good enough for the Catholic Legion of Decency to get worked up over, it’s good enough to display on TVWW. History is important.

 
 
 
 
 
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