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The Bad Seed (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 12 September 1956 (USA)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Henry Daigle
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Christine Penmark seems to have it all: a lovely home, a loving husband and the most "perfect" daughter in the world. But since childhood, Christine has suffered from the most terrible recurring nightmare. And her "perfect" daughter's accomplishments include lying, theft and possibly much, much worse. Only Christine knows the truth about her daughter and only Christine's father knows the truth about her nightmare. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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colonel | dream | death | medal | lying | See All (87) »

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"The Bad Seed" is the big shocker! See more »


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12 September 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mala semilla  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Paul Henreid tried to buy the rights to the play. He wanted to direct and was planning to cast Bette Davis in the role of the mother. See more »

Goofs

When Christine is reading the book to Rhoda and the shot is behind Rhoda, the covers are down around her waist and she is lying on her side. When the shot is in front or Rhoda, the covers are tucked up under her chin and she is lying more on her back. In the next shot, behind her again, the covers are again around her waist and she's on her side. See more »

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Leroy: They got what they call stick bloodhounds to help them look. And them stick bloodhounds can find any stick there is that's got blood on it.
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Crazy Credits

After the finale, a narrator tells the audience "One moment please. And now our wonderful cast." Then, the principal cast members are introduced one by one, like they would be at the end of a play. After that's done with, there's a brief scene in which Nancy Kelly spanks Patty McCormack. See more »


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Au clair de la lune
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Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Lully
Played on the piano by Patty McCormack and whistled by Henry Jones
Played often in the score
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Suspenseful Masterpiece !
11 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Oh, I've got the prettiest mother.. I've got the sweetest mother"...

One of the great black and white films from the old school, this movie has it all. Excellent plot, acting, and characters. Patty McCormick is excellent as Rhoda, a cunning, charming girl with an evil mind. Other stand out performances include Henry Jones as Leroy the handy man, and Eileen Heckart as the grief stricken mother. The black and white makes the film even more surreal, and the acting is very intense in the scenes- just the way I like it. Little charming Rhoda proves that you have to be careful of sweet little girls. Beware and run !


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A comedy? lillimarlene
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