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Director:
Writers:
Edna Anhalt (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1954 (West Germany) See more »
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She became a woman in the middle of a kiss!
Plot:
In a small Georgia town, twelve year old tomboy Frankie Addams feels unconnected to the world, a fact troubling to her... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(31 articles)
Ann Carter, Former 1940s Child Actress, Dies at 77
 (From Variety - Film News. 6 February 2014, 5:01 PM, PST)

Julie Harris obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 25 August 2013, 4:00 PM, PDT)

Julie Harris obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 25 August 2013, 4:00 PM, PDT)

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A True Masterpiece of American Cinema See more (26 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Mr. Addams
James Edwards ... Honey Camden Brown
Harry Bolden ... T.T. Williams

Dickie Moore ... Soldier (as Dick Moore)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Minister (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jeanne Blackford ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ivan Browning ... Porter (uncredited)
Ann Carter ... Doris - Club Girl (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Man Who Gives Bride Away (uncredited)
Mary Emery ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charlcie Garrett ... Aunt Pet (uncredited)
June Hedin ... Helen - Club Girl (uncredited)
Alma Mansfield ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Rhea Mitchell ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Tractor Man (uncredited)
Danny Mummert ... Barney McKean (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Moving Man (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Richards ... Organ Grinder (uncredited)
Helen St. Rayner ... Organist (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Townsman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Edna Anhalt (screenplay) and
Edward Anhalt (screenplay)

Carson McCullers (novel)

Carson McCullers (play)

Produced by
Edna Anhalt .... associate producer
Edward Anhalt .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr 
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon 
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Willard M. Reineck .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Wrenn .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound engineer (as Lambert Day)
 
Editorial Department
Harry W. Gerstad .... editorial supervisor (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stanley Martineau .... produced on the stage by
Oliver Rea .... produced on the stage by
Robert Whitehead .... produced on the stage by
Jus Addiss .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Eugene Busch .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Hal Fisher .... location manager (uncredited)
George Lait .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Donna M. Norridge .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Charlcie Pet .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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93 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Julie Harris was 27 when she played 12-year-old Frankie Addams.See more »
Quotes:
John Henry:Mean old bossy Frankie!
Berenice Sadie Brown:Just what is she doing that's so mean? Just trying to get some rest.
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Soundtrack:
His Eye Is on the SparrowSee more »

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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A True Masterpiece of American Cinema, 3 October 1999

Were I pressed to name just five films which I consider to be the greatest of all time, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING would have to be amongst them. It is American cinema at its most elevated and humane, and in a strange, oblique kind of way says more about the pain, (that was once so commonplace), of being black in the USA , than many other films that deal with this issue in a more direct way. The story is so universal, and through its many metaphors applies to so many of life's experiences; it is full of compassion, humane values, humour and irony; it both warms and breaks the heart.

Every single role is acted superbly by a fine ensemble of players, but the three main characters, Julie Harris, Ethel Waters and Brandon De Wilde, are quite simply perfection, and give performances that could not be bettered. The scene where the three sit together in the growing darkness of the kitchen and together sing `His Eye Is On The Sparrow' must surely rank as one of the most sublime and moving moments in world cinema. I have watched this film on countless occasions and never fail to marvel at its artistry, and too, how it reflects human values of worth and merit, and, whenever I have introduced the film to others who didn't know it, they have never failed to thank me profusely for doing so.

Fred Zinnemann once said in an interview that it was his personal favourite of all the films he made, and I agree with him, but I would qualify his statement further by stating it is amongst the finest films that anybody has ever made! All technical values are first rate, and yet again, Alex North came up with a brilliant musical score that added yet one more layer of sheer excellence.

A film every American should watch and be proud of; not in a negative nationalistic sort of way, but in a common, shared-humanity way! Non-Americans of course should also watch it, and see a positive side of American values, and, like me, be grateful to Columbia for bringing to fruition such a risky commercial proposition. It may not have broken box-office records, but it is a true treasure in the pantheon of American cinema. One of the truly great films of all time.

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