The Bad Seed (1956)
Average Rating: 7.4/10
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Critic Reviews: 5
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Can evil be inherited? That's the question posed by Maxwell Anderson in his stage play The Bad Seed. This 1956 film adaptation stars many actors from the Broadway version, including Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Young McCormack plays Rhoda, a too-good-to-be-true grade schooler who occasionally exhibits a vicious streak whenever things don't turn out her way. During a picnic, one of Rhoda's schoolmates is drowned; the victim is a boy who'd won a penmanship medal
Sep 12, 1956 Wide
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This melodrama about a child with an inbred talent for homicide is pretty unpleasant stuff on its own.
Mervyn LeRoy, who produced and directed, has lost a great deal of the bite of the play.
1956 was way too soon for an unfettered treatment of the central premise.
The 'secret' villain is the missing father - or we should say, the mother for trying to child-rear by herself ... The bad seed is dead - but single parents, be warned.
...the last few minutes of this movie are almost as criminal as any murderous act committed in the plot. (Blu-ray edition)
Excellent, chilling classic with McCormack as perfect demon child.
Scandalous, scary and popular, but extremely outdated , this well-acted melodrama was one of the first to deal with criminal conduct as biologically conditioned
A classic reason for getting your tubes tied.
- Rhoda Penmark: What would you give me for a basket of kisses?
- Rhoda Penmark: You better give me those shoes. They're mine! Give them back to me!
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