<i>Baby Doll</i> and <i>Commonweal</i> Criticism


in Freedom to Offend

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134918 | DOI:
Baby Doll and Commonweal Criticism

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This chapter discusses the controversies surrounding the Baby Doll movie and billboard. The billboard was located a short walk from where the most powerful Catholic outside Rome could be found, Francis Cardinal Spellman, and showed movie starlet Carroll Baker wearing a sexy outfit and posing in an oversized crib while sucking her thumb. Spellman issued a condemning speech from the cathedral pulpit, while the editors and writers of the journal Commonweal published an article addressing a public that had grown tired of censors and restrictions. The latter lead to the formation of a Catholic critic and showed the possibility of judging culture without moralizing it.

Keywords: controversies; Baby Doll; Francis Cardinal Spellman; Carroll Baker; Commonweal; Catholic critic

Chapter.  11977 words. 

Subjects: Film

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