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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.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Edna Anhalt (screenplay), Edward Anhalt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 William Hansen ... Mr. Addams
James Edwards ... Honey Camden Brown
Harry Bolden Harry Bolden ... T.T. Williams
Dickie Moore ... Soldier (as Dick Moore)
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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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Drama

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Trivia

Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, Brandon De Wilde, William Hansen, and Harry Bolden all reprised their roles from the original Broadway production. See more »

Quotes

Frances 'Frankie' Addams: Janice and Jarvis, gives me this pain just to think about them.
Berenice Sadie Brown: It's a known truth grey-eyed people is jealous.
Frances 'Frankie' Addams: I told you I wasn't jealous! I couldn't be jealous of one of them, less I was jealous of them both. I associate the two of them together.
Berenice Sadie Brown: Well I was jealous when my foster brother Honey married Clorina, I said a warning I'd tear the ears clear off of her head, but you see I didn't. She got ears just like everybody else.
Frances 'Frankie' Addams: J-a. Janice and Jarvis. Isn't that the strangest thing?
Berenice Sadie Brown: What?
Frances 'Frankie' Addams: J-a...
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Alternate Versions

About 20 minutes of footage featuring Ethel Walters were originally cut by the studio after the original premiere; the missing scenes were then reinstated in later reissues in the '70s. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gimme a Break!: Herbie (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

His Eye Is on the Sparrow
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Gabriel and Civilla Martin
Performed by Ethel Waters with Brandon De Wilde & Julie Harris
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Over rated Harris performance
28 July 2007 | by ursf55See all my reviews

I will admit that viewing a 1952 film from a 2007 perspective might be clouding my opinion. Julie Harris' "Frankie" is overplayed and ruins the entire piece. I attempted to look past the fact that she is supposed to be only 12. C'mon, even in 1951/52 Julie could never pass for a 12-year-old, maybe 18. Directors often ask the audience to suspend their beliefs and imaginations - but this is too much to ask regarding Ms. Harris. Yes, the dialog is effective. It is interesting considering certain episodes within the film. For instance, 10-year-old John Henry's proclivities toward cross-dressing. Daring I must say for the time? Ms. Walter's presentation (considering she had to buffer the over-dramatic Harris) is excellent. Little Brandon also holds his own. Maybe as a stage presentation it worked - but as "one of the great films" in cinema history - forget it.


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Language:

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Release Date:

1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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