The Bad Seed

Collection by Susan Gill

Susan Gill

ID the doll in the Movie The Bad Seed????

Can anyone tell me what doll prop was used in the film, "The Bad Seed"? (Rhoda/Patty McCormick) It cannot be a Patti Playpal or a knockoff as the Playpal dolls came out in 1959/60 and the movie came out in 1955/56. Here are the only photo I could find.......

"The Bad Seed" - Little Rhoda Penmark having one of her "moments"


For the most part, I don’t see anything inherently bad in a film morphing from one kind of entertainment into another over the course of its “screening life.” By this I mean, films - a populist entertainment/art form presumed of a certain marketable topicality at the time of their release, are, by nature, vulnerable to the vagaries of time. A movie can start out as one kind of entertainment—say, thoughtful social drama—but, due to changing public tastes, evolve over time into something that…

"Mommy, is it true they have little blue electric chairs for boys and little pink electric chairs for girls?" Oh Rhoda.


Patty McCormack is The Bad Seed.  Henry Jones co-stars.  (1956)

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Patty McCormack and Henry Jones in a publicity still for The Bad Seed (1956).

nitratediva: “ Warning signs your child may be a sociopath: bedwetting, cruelty to animals, and fabulous accessorizing. From The Bad Seed (1956). ”

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nitratediva: “ Warning signs your child may be a sociopath: bedwetting, cruelty to animals, and fabulous accessorizing. From The Bad Seed (1956). ”

The Bad Seed (1956)

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Korku - gerilim türünde aşina olduğumuz kötü (korkunç) çocuk kavramını ilk işleyen film olan The Bad Seed, isminden de anlaşıldığı gibi kötülüğün genetik olarak geçebileceğini anlatıyor.

Little girl in The Bad Seed (1956)

The Bad Seed (1956) Review

Little Rhoda, the golden-haired daughter of a loving married couple, is immaculate in appearance, exceedingly polite and obsessed with obtaining whatever her heart desires. Although a typical description of a spoiled child, she seems willing to go to extraordinary ends to satisfy her desires. All well and good, but when a fellow student perishes in an accident of which she is the sole witness, her lack of concern engenders suspicion. Although part mystery, The Bad Seed is also the first film…

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Patty McCormack in "The Bad Seed"

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