The Bad Seed (1956) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Mervyn LeRoy.
A suspenseful thriller about a mother who slowly comes to the ghastly conclusion that her eight-year-old daughter is responsible for a string of brutal murders. Kelly was awarded an Oscar nomination for her strong portrayal of a woman who also discovers that the recurring nightmare she's been having is rooted in her past. Based on Maxwell Anderson's play, this picture was the inspiration for 1994's The Good Son, as well as the 1985 TV movie of the same name.
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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|
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Monica Breedlove: You sound like Fred Astaire tap tap tapping across the floor .
Leroy: You ask me and I say you don't even feel sorry for what happened to that little boy.
Rhoda: Why should I feel sorry? It was Claude Daigle who got drowned, not me!
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Rosalind Russell was originally considered for the role of the mother (played by 'Nancy Kelly'), until the studio decided to go with the Broadway cast.
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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