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Here are my reviews of the Carroll
Baker films that I have enjoyed.
Giant (1956) -
Carroll plays ET's daughter in this classic American epic from the 1950's. Carroll is charming as the ingenue who falls in love with the alcoholic oil baron played by James Dean. She has some great scenes with Dean and with Liz Taylor.
Carroll's most memorable role and a role that started the Lolita trend in films. Carroll plays a 19 year old virgin whose unusual marriage and life is changed forever when her husband asks her to entertain a rival cotton gin owner. Carroll should've won an Oscar for her role. The film was considered shocking and immoral when it premiered in 1956 and this scandal gave the movie a lot of publicity. Carroll became an overnight sensation. Tennessee Williams wrote the screenplay. Click here to see pictures of how the Baby Doll house looked when I visited it in 2003. The Baby Doll House (Burrus Hollywood Plantation) has since been restored and you can now tour it. I'm so glad that this piece of "Hollywood" history has been preserved. For more about the Hollywood Plantation and how to visit The Baby Doll House please see their website!
Something Wild (1960) -
A classic film. An ultra-realistic cinematic approach to disturbing topics. This is probably my favorite Carroll film next to Baby Doll. In this movie Carroll plays a young woman who is raped. The film follows the aftermath of this event on her life and personality. She leaves home, moves into a tenement in New York City, gets a job but has difficulty interacting with her co-workers or anyone for that matter. She is stopped from jumping off of a bridge from a man. She stays at his apartment and together they work through both of their problems. Carroll has so many great scenes in this unusual film. Her acting has never been better.
Bridge to the Sun (1961) -
Carroll marries a Japanese man and has to learn to accept life as his wife in Japanese society. An interesting look at cross-cultural and cross-racial marriage.
How the West Was Won (1962) -
Carroll plays a pioneer woman and sister to Debbie Reynolds. At the beginning of the movie she meets James Stewart and settles down to raise a family. In the middle of the film her son (played by George Peppard!) tells her that he wants to join the army. The end of the film follows Peppard's story. Peppard and Baker starred in two movies together. In this film Carroll played his real mom. In The Carpetbaggers she played his stepmom and lover. Some interesting Oedipal complexes here...
Station Six-Sahara (1964) -
I finally got to see this movie recently. It's a story of the sex-starved men at Station Six-Sahara and the events that follow after Carroll's car crashes near their base. She doesn't do much more than sit around looking seductive, but it seems to do the trick. The men will murder, lie and steal to be with Carroll.
The Carpetbaggers (1964) -
One of the most entertaining, trashy films ever made. This is pure fun. Carroll plays a Harlow-like character who is the stepmom to George Peppard's Howard Hughes type character. She marries Alan Ladd, continues to chase Peppard, ends up in movies, jumps from a chandelier and becomes an alcoholic wreck. . So much melodrama, so camp - no wonder it's now part of the Joan Collins film collection!!! Peppard and Baker have great chemistry.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) -
Carroll plays a schoolteacher who joins up with the Cheyenne people after they are forced off of their lands by US troops. An interesting political western.
Harlow (1965) -
Carroll plays Harlow in the movie based on Irving Shulmann's questionable (meaning, most of it was probably invented by the author) biography of Harlow. And although Carroll doesn't quite physically resemble the real Harlow she makes for a decent 1960's model of a Harlow look-a-like. This is a fun film and Carroll has some good dramatic moments. Any fan of Hollywood lore will enjoy this movie.
Sylvia (1965) -
This is a typical Carroll Baker film (meaning, good trashy fun!). Carroll plays a poor young woman whose home life leaves much to be desired heads out into the big, bad world to make a name for herself. Carroll encounters sadomasochists, drag queens, and other assorted unusual sorts of people on her journey. A very boring actor is the film's narrator and he eventually meets up with Sylvia/Carroll.
Body of Deborah (1969) -
Ah yes, how I do love these 60's euro-trash movies. This is a good mystery story with beautiful locales and costars. Carroll looks grea in the late 60's modish fashions she sports in this film and as always her acting is entertaining. This is a hard film to find but I recommend it.
SS: A Portrait in Evil (1985) -
Here we have matronly Carroll as the mother of two brothers who go through hell in Nazi Germany. One son joins the SA, the other joins the SS. This is a fine made for TV movie which I highly recommend if you have a fascination with that period in history as I do.
Game (1997) -
Carroll has a very supporting role in this Michael Douglas thriller as his housekeeper. Her total screen time may be 5 minutes total but she looks good and it's enjoyable to see her in a modern film.
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