BAD SEED, THE (1956) 26680

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Warner Brothers Original Italian Two-Foglio Poster (39x55) Fine Plus Condition Linen Backed

Warner Brothers Original Italian 39x55 poster, linen-backed, for the Mervyn LeRoy film THE BAD SEED (1956) starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart, William Hopper Paul Fix, Jesse White -- and, in a very early appearance, Shelley Fabares. The movie has become for modern audiences one of the cornerstones of High Camp and it's hard to believe that the play from which this film was adapted was intended as a serious drama by Maxwell Anderson, itself an adaptation of a novel by the same name from author William March. The play opened on Broadway in 1954, rushed into production the same year the novel was published and played for over 300 performances. It was seriously mentioned for the Pulitzer Prize, but the award went to CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF instead. The story revolves around the child Rhoda Penmark, a seemingly model young girl, talented and perfect. But underneath her appealing good manners and dress lurks a little monster. We are not going to reveal anything about the plot because everyone deserves to see this film unspoiled at least once. Both the novel and play were darker than the film, which was fashioned for the middle-class movie audiences that turned out to see the picture in droves. On an investment of one million dollars, the film grossed over four million, making it one of the biggest hits of 1956. LeRoy, perhaps sensing a path to insuring the movie's legacy, turns the tone of the film slightly to the comic. This move was prescient, insuring the movie's inclusion with films like MOMMY DEAREST, which have been adopted by camp-following audiences everywhere. This wonderful Italian poster is clearly the best poster for the film that we have seen and is not common. Melodramatic art by Giorgio Olivetti of bad bad Patty McCormack and a protective Nancy Kelly. MovieArt Austin guarantees that this poster is authentic and original, a vintage poster from Italy for this film. MovieArt Austin will sell no reproductions.

MERVYN LeROY - Director
Patty McCormack - Actor
Nancy Kelly - Actor
Henry Jones - Actor
Eileen Heckart - Actor
William Hopper - Actor
Paul Fix - Actor
Jesse White - Actor
Shelley Fabares - Actor

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