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The Member of the Wedding (1952)

A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Edna Anhalt (screenplay), Edward Anhalt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethel Waters ... Berenice Sadie Brown
Julie Harris ... Frankie Addams
Brandon De Wilde ... John Henry (as Brandon de Wilde)
Arthur Franz ... Jarvis Addams
Nancy Gates ... Janice
William Hansen William Hansen ... Mr. Addams
James Edwards ... Honey Camden Brown
Harry Bolden Harry Bolden ... T.T. Williams
Dickie Moore ... Soldier (as Dick Moore)
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Storyline

In a small Georgia town, twelve year old tomboy Frankie Addams feels unconnected to the world, a fact troubling to her. Her unconventional views for a twelve year old girl make her an outcast among her peers, which she in turn blames for her situation rather than anything of her own doing. Her only real friend is John Henry, her younger next door neighbor, although she doesn't see him as a friend since she doesn't consider him a peer. As her widowed father is all consumed with running his small business, Frankie is largely left to the care of their housekeeper, Berenice. Berenice tries to provide as much true guidance to Frankie and what Frankie considers her problems, although Berenice has her own troubles looking after her wild foster brother, Honey Camden, her only surviving family. In addition, Frankie largely sees Berenice's advice as the rantings of a large, crazy black woman. Frankie believes that she has finally found her place in life upon the return to town and announcement ... Written by Huggo

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She became a woman in the middle of a kiss!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Complejo de boda See more »

Filming Locations:

Colusa, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Brandon De Wilde all reprised their roles from the original Broadway production. See more »

Quotes

Frances 'Frankie' Addams: Why can't I be a member?
Berenice Sadie Brown: I wouldn't pay them club girls no mind, all my life I been wanting things I ain't been getting, besides them club girls are fully 2 years older than you.
Frances 'Frankie' Addams: I think they've been spreading it all over town that I smell bad, when I had those boils and had to use that black bitter smelling ointment.
Berenice Sadie Brown: I know.
Frances 'Frankie' Addams: And Helen Fletcher asked me 'what is that funny smell I had?' I could shoot every one of them with a pistol!
[collapses on kitchen table]
John Henry: [strokes her hair] I don't think ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

About 20 minutes of footage featuring Ethel Walters were originally cut by the studio after the original premiere; the missing scenes were then reinstated in later reissues in the '70s. See more »

Connections

Version of The Member of the Wedding (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

His Eye Is on the Sparrow
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Gabriel and Civilla Martin
Performed by Ethel Waters with Brandon De Wilde & Julie Harris
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Not as good as I remember
24 May 2006 | by brackenheSee all my reviews

I wish I could give this film a higher score because of the lovely portrayals given by Ethel Waters & Brandon de Wilde. However, Julie Harris ruined this film for me. I've seen this movie before, a long time ago, and thought is was really good. However, I watched it again last night and had forgotten how truly over the top Harris' performance was. I've been 12 years old and I can't imagine that any 12 year old would get away with behaving like that in any circumstance. She was just a little too smart and a little too angry for my taste. Like someone else stated, it was the intensity that got to me (I don't really like Brando either--thank you Michael Bo.) The thing that saves the movie for me is Waters performance--probably the best she ever had in the movies. Too bad it was overshadowed by Harris' histrionics. I just don't think that most 12 year old girls would be that outwardly angry. Plus, it was a little creepy to me the obsession she had with her brother & sister in law. Was she in love with both of them or just in love with love, even though she commented, continuously, about not believing in love. Gah!!! It just bugged me to no end. However, I do give credit to the makers of the film for capturing a little bit of what the South was like in the 1950's.


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