The Bad Seed (1956) Movie poster and book cover compared.

The Bad Seed

Mervyn LeRoy, 1956

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The Bad Seed
William March, 1954

The Bad Seed is a movie directed by Mervyn LeRoy in 1956 and based on the book of the same name by William March, first published in 1954. The movie features Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart, Evelyn Varden, William Hopper, and others.

What users say

“The movie is better than the book”

But the book is worth reading.

The Movie is also based on

Book cover
Bad Seed (1956)
Book by Maxwell Anderson

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RATING

7.5

/ 10

Movie Poster: The Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy, 1956)

8.1

/ 10

Book Cover: The Bad Seed (William March, 1954)

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AUDIOBOOK

Audiobook cover of The Bad Seed, the 1954 book by William March.

The Bad Seed

Read by: Elizabeth Wiley

Storyline

A single mother, adopted herself as a small child, discovers the horrifying truth that within her seemingly angelic young daughter beats the heart of a cold-blooded serial murderer… even as she learns that her own mother killed everyone else in her family. Now as more people die, one woman must make a terrible decision about the daughter she loves and desperately wants to protect.

Movie vs Book

Poster of The Bad Seed, the 1956 movie by Mervyn LeRoy

Year

1956

Minutes

129

Movie Rate

7.50

Source: IMDb

Movie

The Bad Seed

Country: USA

Year: 1956

Length: 2h9m

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Cover of The Bad Seed, the 1954 book by William March

Year

1954

Pages

256

Book Rate

8.10

S: Goodreads

Book

The Bad Seed

Country: USA

First published in: 1954

Length: 256 pages

Genre: Fiction

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Other screen adaptations of the book

Movie poster
The Bad Seed (1985)
Movie by Paul Wendkos
Movie poster
The Bad Seed (2018)
Movie by Rob Lowe
Movie poster
The Bad Seed Returns (2022)
Movie by Louise Archambault

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Which is better?

Poster of The Bad Seed, the 1956 movie by Mervyn LeRoy

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Cover of The Bad Seed, the 1954 book by William March

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IS IT WORTH WATCHING?

Poster of The Bad Seed, the 1956 movie by Mervyn LeRoy

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8 votes

1 votes

book

IS IT WORTH READING?

Cover of The Bad Seed, the 1954 book by William March

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30% No

7 votes

3 votes

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