The Bad Seed [DVD] [1956]

  • SKU: 6723076
  • Release Date: 08/10/2004
  • Rating: NR
This melodramatic thriller about a very, very bad little girl comes to DVD in a presentation which should please the members of its cult following. The Bad Seed has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. Bonus materials include a commentary track featuring actress Patty McCormack and critic Charles Busch, a short documentary in which McCormack talks about the making of the film, and the movie's original trailer.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Patty McCormack and Charles Busch
  • New making-of documentary "Enfant Terrible: A Conversation With Patty McCormack"
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, Français, and Español
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Bad Seed
Can evil be inherited? That's the question posed by Maxwell Anderson in his stage play The Bad Seed. This 1956 film adaptation stars many actors from the Broadway version, including Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Young McCormack plays Rhoda, a too-good-to-be-true grade schooler who occasionally exhibits a vicious streak whenever things don't turn out her way. During a picnic, one of Rhoda's schoolmates is drowned; the victim is a boy who'd won a penmanship medal that Rhoda had coveted. Nancy Kelly, the girl's mother, slowly comes to the horrible conclusion that Rhoda was responsible for the boy's death--a suspicion fueled by the discovery that Kelly, who was adopted as an infant, is the daughter of a convicted murderess. Meanwhile, a moronic handyman (Henry Jones) accidentally tumbles to Rhoda's secret, whereupon he is "accidentally" burned to death. Realizing that Rhoda must be stopped before she can kill again, and reasoning that the authorities would never believe the truth, Kelly tries to put the girl to sleep permanently with barbituates, then shoots herself. The play's ironic ending--the mother dies, while the unsuspected Rhoda lives on--is sacrificed for a "divine retribution" finale in the film, with Rhoda being punished by a convenient bolt of lightning. This alteration is acceptable, but director Mervin LeRoy further gilds the lily with an asinine closing-credits sequence wherein Nancy Kelly throws Patty McCormack over her knee and administers a spanking! The 1985 TV movie remake of The Bad Seed retains the play's original ending, but all in all is not half as entertaining as the 1956 version (its hokey denouement notwithstanding). McCormack later starred in Max Allan Collins' unofficial 1995 sequel Mommy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Nancy Kelly
    Nancy Kelly - Mrs. Christine Penmark
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    Patty McCormack - Rhoda Penmark
  • Henry Jones
    Henry Jones - LeRoy, Handyman
  • Eileen Heckart
    Eileen Heckart - Mrs. Daigle
  • Evelyn Varden
    Evelyn Varden - Monica Breedlove



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie

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    Babe
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    I absolutely love this movie I'm loaning this to a co-worker. I saw this movie when I was a young girl I'm 33 now and I still love it you wouldn't expect the girl in the movie would be the antagonist especially a movie made in the 50's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this movie!

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    Escantey
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    I love this movie. My dear uncle first showed my sister and me this movie about 15 years ago. I remember telling him I didn't watch black and white movies, but he told me to give it a chance. This little girl was a menace to society! Absolutely fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a must see

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    Dairygirl423
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    if you like off the wall, 50s dramas that are so melodramatic that they turn humorous, you will love this. Its worth the price to see the performance of the character of "Hortense" -- gotta love her.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Old Movie

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    EDREVIEW
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    Good 1956 movie. Purchased online. Hard to find in stores.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Bad Seed

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    Deedee
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    This is a great old black and white movie. Recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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