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The Member of the Wedding
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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:
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 »
User Reviews:
A rare chance to see some great theatrical performances. See more (27 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)

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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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A rare chance to see some great theatrical performances., 3 December 2014
Author: Martin Bradley (MOscarbradley@aol.com) from Derry, Ireland

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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