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The Bad Seed
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy • 1956 • United States
Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Gage Clarke
What evil lurks behind the angelic countenance of blonde, pigtailed eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack)? That’s the question a single mother (Nancy Kelly) finds herself asking as she confronts the horrifying realization that her seemingly innocent daughter may be a cold-blooded serial killer. Based on Maxwell Anderson’s stage adaptation of the novel by William March, THE BAD SEED puts a shocking twist on the debate over nature vs. nurture as it rips the picture-perfect image of the 1950s nuclear family to shreds.