The Bad Seed (1956) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Mervyn LeRoy.
Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Nancy Kelly||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Eileen Heckart||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Patty McCormack||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Hal Rosson||Nominated|
THE BAD SEED (1956)By Terry on Feb 21, 2019 From Stardust and Shadows
Some films don’t? sit in areas of? ?style or content that fit a particular genre. THE BAD? SEED (1956) is thought to be Horror film,? ?a Film Noir or? a thriller.? Where? it fits? in the canon is not important only that it is? a strong film yet not to everyone’s taste.? THE BAD SEED (195... Read full article
The Bad Seed (1956)By Summer Reeves on Feb 13, 2017 From Serendipitous Anachronisms
The Bad Seed (1956) 13 Monday Feb 2017 Posted by Summer Reeves in 1950s, Cinema, Crime, Drama ≈ 4 Comments TagsCinema, Crime, Drama, Movies with Cute Clothes, Philosophy, Psychology Darling Readers, do you have one of?those films? O... Read full article
The Bad Seed (1956)By Beatrice on Apr 26, 2016 From Flickers in Time
The Bad Seed Directed by Mervyn LeRoy John Lee Mahin from a play by Maxwell Anderson and a novel by William March 1956/USA Warner Bros. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental I don’t find this movie scary anymore but, boy, do I love it. Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) is the kind of eight-year-old I... Read full article
The Bad Seed (1956) (2)on Feb 6, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film
I first saw The Bad Seed in my high school film class and it was love at first sight. ?Sure, it’s got campy written all over it, heavy-handed acting and characters breaking into monologue, but the characters and plot keep everything from going completely off the rails. ?The film is remarkably ... Read full article
Classic Films in Focus: THE BAD SEED (1956)By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 16, 2012 From Virtual Virago
The Bad Seed (1956) ranks pretty high on the list of classic "evil children" movies, although it's not exactly a straightforward horror film. Director Mervyn LeRoy, working from a stage adaptation of William March's original novel, presents the story more as dark melodrama, like Mildred Pierce (1945... Read full article
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Christine Penmark: Rhoda, what happened to old Mrs. Post in Witchita?
Rhoda: There was ice on the steps and I slipped and fell against her, and that was all.
Christine Penmark: That was all?
Rhoda: No. I slipped on purpose.
Rhoda: You tell lies like that, you won't go to Heaven when you die!
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The original Broadway production of "The Bad Seed" by Maxwell Anderson opened on December 8, 1954 and ran for 334 performances.Nancy Kelly won the 1955 Tony Award for Actress in a Drama for "The Bad Seed" and recreated her role in the movie. Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Evelyn Varden, Henry Jones and Joan Croydon also recreated their stage roles in the movie version.
The film marked the motion picture debut of Broadway actress Joan Croydon who played Claudia Fern. Although she had also appeared on television, this may have marked her only feature film appearance.
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