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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Andrew Peter Marin (teleplay by), John Holbrook Vance (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Jacoby ... Ronald Wilby
Pippa Scott ... Mrs. Wood
John Larch ... Sgt. Lynch
Dabney Coleman ... Mr. Wood
Kim Hunter ... Elaine Wilby
John Fiedler ... Mr. Roscoe
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Schumacher
Cindy Fisher ... Babs Wood
Cindy Eilbacher ... Althea Wood
Lisa Eilbacher ... Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles ... Duane Matthews
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sergeant Carter
Aneta Corsaut ... Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman Angela Hoffman ... Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill Karen Purcill ... Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
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Storyline

A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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Taglines:

The Wilby place is haunted... by a ghost who isn't dead! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Ronald See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This had a french remake in 1992 & Dimension Films had plans in 2010 to remake this but nothing has come to fruition. See more »

Goofs

When Babs runs downstairs in Mrs. Schumaker's house, the basement door opens out into the kitchen and the hinges are on the kitchen side. When Ronald shuts that door, the scene shows him pulling it shut from the kitchen side. When Babs knocks the hinge pins out to escape, the hinges are on the basement side. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Wilby: Your parents won't be home until Sunday.
Babs Wood: [creeped out] How do you know that?
Ronald Wilby: I'm Prince Norbert, ruler of Atranta! I know everything.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Tampon Tango (2013) See more »

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One of the best teen performances ever!
9 November 2011 | by udar55See all my reviews

After accidentally killing a girl, teenager Ronald Wilby (Scott Jacoby) is hidden away from cops in a secret room in the house by his domineering mother (Kim Hunter). Poor Ronald is left all alone when she passes away. Sad Ronald finds the situation gets better and worse when Mr. Wood (Dabney Coleman) moves into the house with his wife and three daughters. Bad Ronald, whose mindset is becoming increasingly delusional, becomes fixated on the youngest daughter (Cindy Fisher) and begins to imagine she is the princess for the imaginary kingdom in his head. Highly effective TV-movie from director Buzz Kulik that is based on the novel by John Holbrook Vance. You do actually feel sorry for the boy and Jacoby gives a great performance, especially for a teen. The end is very rushed, but it is after all a TV movie. Expanded and it could be a top-notch thriller that still would work today. When I see something like this I wonder why Hollywood never tackles this kind of material for a remake (the French did a version in the early 1990s).


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