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The Bad Seed ()


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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.
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Christine Penmark
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Rhoda Penmark
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Leroy Jessup
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Hortense Daigle
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Monica Breedlove
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Col. Kenneth Penmark
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Richard Bravo
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Emory Wages
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Reginald 'Reggie' Tasker
Joan Croydon ...
Claudia Fern (as Joan Croyden)
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Henry Daigle
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Woman in dinner party scene (uncredited)
Violet Cane ...
Teacher (uncredited)
Vivian Clermont ...
Mary Beth Musgrove (uncredited)
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Margie (uncredited)
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Rhoda's Classmate (uncredited)
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Guard in Hospital Corridor (uncredited)
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Saleslady (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ...
The Doctor (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Ginny (uncredited)
Adele Taylor ...
Teacher (uncredited)
John Truax ...
The Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mervyn LeRoy

Written by

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John Lee Mahin ... (screenplay)
 
Maxwell Anderson ... (play)
 
William March ... (novel)

Produced by

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Mervyn LeRoy ... producer

Music by

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Alex North

Cinematography by

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Harold Rosson ... (as Hal Rosson)

Film Editing by

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Warren Low

Editorial Department

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Russell McCord ... assistant cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

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Hoyt Bowers ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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John Beckman

Set Decoration by

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Ralph S. Hurst ... (as Ralph Hurst)

Costume Design by

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Moss Mabry

Makeup Department

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Ruby Felker ... hairdresser (uncredited)
George Lane ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mel Dellar ... assistant director
Rusty Meek ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gene Delaney ... assistant props (uncredited)
Donald P. Desmond ... set construction (uncredited)
John Gilbert Kissel ... master props (uncredited)
Sol Litt ... laborer (uncredited)
David Marshall ... draper (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stanley Jones ... sound
Al Cavigga ... sound editor (uncredited)
Michael Colgan ... sound editor (uncredited)
Eugene Marks ... sound editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Warren E. Boes ... best boy (uncredited)
Howard Claire ... second grip (uncredited)
Pat Clark ... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Evans ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Harris ... head grip (uncredited)
Frank V. Phillips ... camera operator (uncredited)
Lee Wilson ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Florence Albert ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Leon Roberts ... costumer: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)

Other crew

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Barbara Dunton ... welfare teacher (uncredited)
Joe Halperin ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Doris Peoples ... secretary: Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Meta Rebner ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A WOMAN'S SHAME...Out in the Open! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La mauvaise graine (France)
  • La mala semilla (Spain)
  • A Semente Maldita (Brazil)
  • La mala semilla (Argentina)
  • Дурная кровь (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Alfred Hitchcock turned down the chance to direct. See more »
Goofs When Christine scolds Rhoda for asking for a garnet as well as a turquoise, the reflection of someone, probably Mervyn LeRoy, sitting in a chair with his legs crossed is visible in the coffee pot. Addition: Just to the left of the reflection that is assumed to be LeRoy you can see other crew members moving in the shadow of the door-frame reflected in the coffee pot. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Deadly Friend (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Au clair de la lune See more »
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 »
Quotes [How murderers are executed]
Leroy: They got a little blue chair for little boys and a little pink chair for little girls.
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