The Bad Seed

Synopsis: Christine Penmark seems to have it all: a lovely home, a loving husband and the most "perfect" daughter in the world. But since childhood, Christine has suffered from the most terrible recurring nightmare. And her "perfect" daughter's accomplishments include lying, theft and possibly much, much worse. Only Christine knows the truth about her daughter and only Christine's father knows the truth about her nightmare.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Director(s): Mervyn LeRoy
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

Now, you, my love, look like a princess

in that red-and-white dotted Swiss.

Aren't you afraid you'll get it dirty or

that you'll fall and scuff those new shoes?

- Uh-uh.

- Oh.

She won't soil the dress

and she won't scuff the shoes.

Rhoda never gets anything dirty,

although how she manages it, I don't know.

I don't like blue jeans. They're not...

You mean blue jeans are not quite ladylike,

don't you, my darling?

Oh, you sweet, old-fashioned little dear.

Am I to keep this now?

You're to keep it until I can find out

where to get the stone changed.

- Put it in my treasure drawer.

- Rhoda, we'll be leaving in a few minutes.

Is your room all straightened?

Yes, Mother.

Unnecessary question.


- Leroy.

- Yes, Miss Breedlove?

What on earth

do you think you're doing?

I'm just trying to hurry

with my chores, ma'am.

Well, ring first and wait.

If nobody answers, then use your key.

Morning, Mrs. Penmark.

I left my chammy and pail...

...doing the inside windows yesterday.

Very well, Leroy. They're in the bathroom.

Does he always crash in that way?

Only when we're up and about, I think,

trying to prove his individualism.

- Leroy doesn't mean any harm.

- Has the mind of an 8-year-old...

...but he's managed to produce a family,

so I keep him on.

Monica. Ha, ha.

Morning, Miss Uppity.

When I was in school,

we didn't have no picnics.

I don't care what you didn't have.

Oh, we'll go right along, dear.

I just wanna write

this tuition check for Miss Fern.

Yes, Mother.

Excuse me.

You sound like Fred Astaire

tap-tapping across the room.

What have you got on your shoes?

I run over my heels...

...and Mother had these iron pieces

put on them so they'd last longer.

I'm afraid I can't take any credit.

It was Rhoda's idea entirely.

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John Lee Mahin

John Lee Mahin (August 23, 1902, Evanston, Illinois – April 18, 1984, Los Angeles) was an American screenwriter and producer of films who was active in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was known as the favorite writer of Clark Gable and Victor Fleming. In the words of one profile, he had "a flair for rousing adventure material, and at the same time he wrote some of the raciest and most sophisticated sexual comedies of that period." more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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