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Baby Doll (1956)

Director, Elia Kazan. Cast: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Lonny Chapman. Archie has only one real joy in life: his child-bride Baby Doll. In a few hours he will really have her, because the one-year marriage agreement that has kept them under the same leaky roof--but never in the same bed--is about to run out. 115 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Banned in Aurora, Illinois, 1956. The Circuit Court of Kansas County supports the city's request for an injunction against the film based on claims that it was "scandalous, indecent, immoral, lewd, and obscene." On appeal to the Appellate Court of Illinois, the decision of the lower court is upheld. Also informally banned from theaters in Indianapolis, Indiana and from theaters owned by Joseph P. Kennedy.
See also:
Brook, Vincent. "Courting controversy: The making and selling of Baby Doll and the demise of the production code." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 18 Issue 4 2001 Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only
Butters, Gerald R., Jr. Banned in Kansas : motion picture censorship, 1915-1966 Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007. (Full text available online [UCB users only]: Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.63.K36 B87 2007)
See also: Brook, Vincent. "Courting controversy: The making and selling of Baby Doll and the demise of the production code." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 18 Issue 4 2001 Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only Butters, Gerald R., Jr. Banned in Kansas : motion picture censorship, 1915-1966 Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007. (Full text available online [UCB users only]: Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.63.K36 B87 2007)

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