The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Dec. 20, 1954

The Bad Seed (adapted from William March's novel by Maxwell Anderson) will not be easily dislodged as the season's most harrowing drama. It is the tale of a sweet, golden-haired, eight-year-old girl who, when crossed or cornered, indulges in murder. But its various homicides do not begin to exhaust its horrors. Slowly, tormentedly, the little girl's mother becomes aware of her daughter's nature; then she discovers that her own mother was a mass murderess also.

In its recital, its crescendo of horrors—some of which it would be unfair to reveal —The Bad Seed has...

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