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BABY DOLL, 1956, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Elia Kazan. Elia Kazan’s controversial film stars Carroll Baker in a ground-breaking performance as a thumb-sucking child bride in the Deep South. Karl Malden is her middle-aged husband, Archie Lee Meighan, a cotton gin owner who eagerly awaits his beloved’s 20th birthday, when their marriage will finally be consummated. But rival cotton businessman Silva Vaccaro (Eli Wallach, in his film debut) suspects Archie of arson and takes an erotic form of Sicilian vengeance in this gothic tale of pride and perversity.<br /> A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, 1951, Warner Bros., 122 min. Director Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with her sister, and Stanley’s wife, Stella (Kim Hunter).