The Member of the Wedding (film)

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The Member of the Wedding
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Produced by Stanley Kramer
Screenplay by Edna Anhalt
Edward Anhalt
Based on The Member of the Wedding 
by Carson McCullers
Starring Ethel Waters
Julie Harris
Brandon De Wilde
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by William A. Lyon
Production
company
Stanley Kramer Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 22, 1952 (1952-12-22)
Running time
93 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Member of the Wedding is a 1952 drama directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Ethel Waters and Julie Harris. The story is set in a small Southern town. Frankie Addams is an awkward, moody twelve-year-old girl whose only friends are her young cousin John Henry and her black housekeeper Berenice. Co-starring as a drunken soldier who tries to take advantage of the vulnerable Frankie is former child actor Dick Moore, making his last film appearance.

Later versions of McCuller's play were done for television, with Claudia McNeil playing Berenice in 1958, then Pearl Bailey performing the part in 1982. Julie Harris was nominated for an Academy Award® for her performance, but lost to Shirley Booth, who won for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952).[1]

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Feeling rejected when her older brother goes off on his honeymoon without inviting her along, Frankie (Julie Harris) runs away from her middle-class southern home. She endures several other adolescent traumas, not least of which is the sudden death of her bespectacled young cousin John Henry (Brandon De Wilde). With the help of warmhearted housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown (Ethel Waters), Frankie eventually makes an awkward transition to young womanhood.[2]

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