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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

Director:

Buzz Kulik

Writers:

Andrew Peter Marin (teleplay by), John Holbrook Vance (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Jacoby ... Ronald Wilby
Pippa Scott ... Mrs. Wood
John Larch ... Sgt. Lynch
Dabney Coleman ... Mr. Wood
Kim Hunter ... Elaine Wilby
John Fiedler ... Mr. Roscoe
Linda Watkins ... Mrs. Schumacher
Cindy Fisher ... Babs Wood
Cindy Eilbacher ... Althea Wood
Lisa Eilbacher ... Ellen Wood
Ted Eccles ... Duane Matthews
Roger Aaron Brown ... Sergeant Carter
Aneta Corsaut ... Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman Angela Hoffman ... Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill Karen Purcill ... Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
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Storyline

A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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The Wilby place is haunted... by a ghost who isn't dead! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Ronald See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This had a french remake in 1992 & Dimension Films had plans in 2010 to remake this but nothing has come to fruition. See more »

Goofs

When Ronald is crawling out of the pantry, a boom mike is visible. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Wilby: Your parents won't be home until Sunday.
Babs Wood: [creeped out] How do you know that?
Ronald Wilby: I'm Prince Norbert, ruler of Atranta! I know everything.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Silent Night, Deadly Night (2009) See more »

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Captures perfectly youthful feelings of loneliness and isolation
10 December 2006 | by OllydaSee all my reviews

I watched this TV movie in January 1979 on television in England one weekday afternoon when I was off school. I was 15 years old and having a miserable time in my life. Bad Ronald captured perfectly my feelings of loneliness, isolation, being trapped and retreating into myself. You can imagine that I identified closely with Ronald's experience and the film made a lasting impression on me as it seems to have done on others. A couple of years ago I did manage to get hold of it on video and saw for the first time in a quarter of a century. Happily I can watch it now with much greater detachment. The director Buzz Kulik is better known, I believe, for Brian's Song but Bad Ronald deserves to be remembered too.


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