Elia Kazan

Director of hugely popular movies I haven't seen yet, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, and Splendor in the Grass.

Baby Doll (1956) -- Written by Tennessee Williams, it has some of the "steaminess" of his plays.  This one is just as much a comedy, though, so nothing is taken very seriously.  Most of the movie is just squeezing in as many dirty jokes as possible, the most memorable being the "pot liquor" scene, one of the earliest uses of food as sex in movies.  The movie runs too long and gets repetitive quick, but it's got some noteworthy dialogue (and pronunciation of the dialogue, such as "faw-nu-chuh"). C

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