Yes, Damien, I remember. I don't recall Mike being vehement in his defense of the film but Italiano sure was. I also recall the discussions about Umberto D and Kiss Me Deadly, two films that I also love. You love Kiss Me Deadly, Italiano hates it. He loves Umberto D, you hate it. I was bemused thinking of that when the two films wound up next to each other on my latest revised list.
Anyway, getting back to The Bad Seed, I suppose it's when you first encounter it. For me, it was as a 12 or 13 year old, who took it more seriously than I would have had I first encountered it as an adult.
I really felt Eileen Heckart's pain as a child. I would have been mortified to see someone make fun of her. She instantly became one of my favorite character actresses. Although I loved Rosalind Russell in Picnic and Eve Arden in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, I always felt bad for Heckart having lost the roles she created in the Broadway versions when it came time to film them. I was beside myself with joy for her when she beat out some of the biggest names in Hollywood to recreate her stage role in Butterflies Are Free and then won the Oscar for it, one of the most satisfying in Oscar history given her many disappointments over the years.
Edited By Big Magilla on 1116193260
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