THE BAD SEED is an erratic but compelling film that lingers long after the fade-out. Patty McCormack is memorable as the eight-year-old liar, cheat, and murderess whose mother is convinced that she is a bad seed. Mother, of course, is right, but no one believes her. LeRoy deftly maneuvers
what could have been a stagey and talky script (based on the stage hit by Maxwell Anderson) and keeps the action going. McCormack has murdered a schoolmate because the other boy received a medal for penmanship. Then we learn of the death of an old woman. Then Jones, the janitor, is burned. (One of
the most macabre scenes in this bizarre film shows Jones deviling McCormack with tho...