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The Member of the Wedding (1952)

TV-G | | Drama | 1954 (West Germany)
A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding.

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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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John Henry: Berenice, which eye's your mind's eye?
Berenice Sadie Brown: Don't yank my head back like that, Candy. Frankie and I aren't going to go flying through the ceiling.
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Version of The Member of the Wedding (1982) See more »

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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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A rare chance to see some great theatrical performances.
3 December 2014 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Julie Harris created the role of Frankie, the 12 year old tomboy who can't come to terms with her older brother's marriage, in the Broadway production of Carson McCullers' "The Member of the Wedding" and she's magnificent recreating the role in Fred Zinnemann's film version. It was her screen debut and she was nominated for the Oscar. She was also 26 at the time and makes for a very convincing 12 year old; it was a tour-de-force. Zinnemann also wisely cast Ethel Waters as the black housekeeper Berenice and 10 year old Brandon De Wilde as Frankie's young friend John Henry, also both from the original Broadway production. They, too, are superb.

The piece itself is slighter than its reputation might suggest and Zinnemann does nothing to open it up. Edward and Edna Anhalt did the adaptation and their script retains a good deal of McCullers' poetry. Fundamentally, though, this is an actor's piece and it's the three principals who carry it. It isn't much of a film but at least it preserves three great theatrical performances and that's enough.


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