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The Member of the Wedding (1952)

 -  Drama  -  1954 (West Germany)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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The original Broadway production of "The Member of the Wedding," by Carson McCullers opened on January 5, 1950, at the Empire Theater in New York and ran for 501 performances. See more »

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Frances 'Frankie' Addams: We'll just walk up to people and know them right away. We'll be walking down a dark road, and see a lighted house and knock on the door, and strangers will rush to meet us and say, "Come in! Come in!" We'll know decorated aviators and New York people and movie stars. And we'll have thousands and thousands of friends. We'll belong to so many clubs that we can't even keep track of them all. We'll be members of the WHOLE WORLD!
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His Eye Is on the Sparrow
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Written by Charles Gabriel and Civilla Martin
Performed by Ethel Waters with Brandon De Wilde & Julie Harris
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Julie Harris and Ethel Waters are A Magic Team!
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In this film adaptation of the stage play, original Broadway performers Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Brandon De Wilde revive their roles for the film. Onstage, they were the only three performers. On film, they are surrounded by a setting and other characters. The film captures the relationship between African American Berenice who is the maid/housekeeper and white twelve year old Frances "Frankie" Adams. Ethel Waters is fantastic as Berenice. Julie Harris is unforgettable as Frankie. You feel for her character. All Frankie wants to do is belong somewhere. She is the tomboy with an older brother who marries in the film. Frankie dreams of running away. The film captures a simple story of reality. You feel for Frankie and for Berenice. Frankie's cousin John Henry is also a sympathetic character who doesn't mind putting on Berenice's shoes, hat, and purse dressing up. The story is realistic in tone. Frankie is a lot more forceful perhaps she was to be bipolar with her ups and downs to explain her behavior. Still it's a film worth watching.


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