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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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Tagline:
She became a woman in the middle of a kiss!
Plot:
A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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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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)

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 »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Julie Harris was 27 when she played 12-year-old Frankie Addams.See more »
Quotes:
Berenice Sadie Brown:[Frankie threatens her with a knife] Lay it down, Satan!
Frances 'Frankie' Addams:[throws the knife into the kitchen door] I'm the world's greatest knife thrower.
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Soundtrack:
His Eye Is on the SparrowSee more »

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Times must have changed..., 21 March 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

It's rare when I am THIS out of sync with a film. "Member of the Wedding" has a very respectable overall score of 7.7 and the acting of Julie Harris was nominated for an Oscar. However, I really, really disliked the film and think a lot of the reason is that this style of acting and writing just seem very old fashioned and very inappropriate today.

The film is mostly a one-lady show where Julie Harris plays a 12 year-old even though she was in her mid-late 20s when she did this. Additionally, the 12 year-old in question seems NOTHING like a a child from this planet! Harris is very, very, very petulant, irrational and whiny--like she is having the world's longest temper tantrum. In a 3 year-old this might be believable, but in a supposed 12 year-old it's not. It's really a lot like a very, very young child who insists on walking into a room full of adults to perform--and it gets tiresome very, very quickly. It's supposed to be a coming of age tale but instead comes off as very fake.

As for the rest of the staff, Brandon De Wilde does very well for a young --mostly because he really is a young boy. And the film does manage to get a few points because Ethel Waters is, not surprisingly, wonderful. But they just aren't enough to save the film from the over-the-top and incredibly dated central character. Folks, this is pretty tough going--I really wanted to like this film but couldn't.

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