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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Complejo de boda See more »

Filming Locations:

Colusa, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Brandon De Wilde all reprised their roles from the original Broadway production. 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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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 »

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Version of The Member of the Wedding (1982) 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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Story telling at its very finest!
29 July 2005 | by saved4eternitySee all my reviews

On my very first viewing of The Member of the Wedding, I was stunned by its beauty, overwhelmed by its simplicity, captivated by its charm. A seemingly simple story of a young girl's attempt at growing up, this film takes us on a tumultuous and painful journey through the mind of Frankie Addams, a journey so fraught with twists and turns of emotion, we are barely able to keep up! Frankie's journey through adolescence is not an ordinary one. Her disapproval bordering on hatred of herself is bringing her to the edge of her world, and at times we are left wondering whether she has gone too far to ever come back. Her rebellion toward her journey is fierce, and Julie Harris is brilliant in her interpretation of a confused, angry young girl at odds with her world. If I had to make a list of the twenty movies that had the greatest impact on me in my lifetime, The Member of the Wedding would have to make the list. Ethel Waters is as charming and heart rending as she was in Pinky in this never to be forgotten film. I would suggest that it be used in the classroom as required viewing for students between the ages of twelve and fifteen, if only to give them a heroine with whom to share the sometimes chaotic journey from child to young adulthood.


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