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The Member of the Wedding (1952)

 -  Drama  -  1954 (West Germany)
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A virtual "tour de force" for Julie Harris about a young tomboy named Frankie who 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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Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Brandon De Wilde all reprised their roles from the original Broadway production. 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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Great movie regarding the transition from childhood to adulthood.
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I re-watched the movie today. Julie Harris was superb in her role as Frankie. She was an angry, lonely, scared girl without a mother. Her father, a widower worked many hours and the housekeeper was her saving grace. With her circumstances, the psychological problems she had were quite reasonable. She didn't have the guidance she should have and at the age of puberty, was also confused. Other than Bernice, she had no one to talk to. Culturally, they both said things the other could not understand. Frankie is very smart but combined with her immaturity, only contributes to her confusion and inability to feel a part of "we". This is a great film about the transition from childhood to adulthood. She is a tomboy with awakening feelings. She does not understand and does not have a role model to help her realize exactly what she is feeling. Although she denies believing in love, she craves it. She doesn't realize what she has at home, but when she runs away and faces the cruel, ugly world, she realizes what she has left at home, the people that she loves and that love her.


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