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THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (1952)

From Carson McCullers' 1946 novel, producer Stanley Kramer and director Fred Zinnemann craft a sensitive and surprising portrait of adolescence and longing. Julie Harris made her Oscar®-nominated feature-film debut as tween tomboy Frankie Addams, who feels "unjoined" to the rest of the world in her sleepy Southern town and disconnected from her absentee father and deceased mother, but who longs to tag along with her newlywed brother and his bride on their honeymoon in Alaska. Ethel Waters gives an outstanding performance as Berenice, the housekeeper who is Frankie's surrogate mother figure, and who has her own vision of a better world, different from the one outside her door. Frankie's oddball young cousin John Henry (Brandon De Wilde) rounds out their household; Harris, Waters and De Wilde all starred in the 1950 Broadway stage version before being cast in the film. DIR Fred Zinnemann; SCR Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt, based on the novel by Carson McCullers; PROD Stanley Kramer. U.S., 1952, b&w, 93 min. NOT RATED

Also part of Fabulous ‘50s.

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93 Minutes
Drama
Saturday, April 20, 2024