The Bad Seed is a 1956 American psychological horror-thriller film, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart.

It based on the 1954 play of the same name by Maxwell Anderson, which in turn is based upon William March's 1954 novel, also the same name.


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Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark (William Hopper) and his wife, Christine (Nancy Kelly), dote on their pig-tailed daughter, Rhoda (Patty McCormack), as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove (Evelyn Varden). But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

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