The Member of the Wedding
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The Member of the Wedding
25-year-old Julie Harris convincingly recreates her Broadway role of 12-year-old tomboy Frankie Addams in the 1952 screen version of Carson McCullers' play. Feeling rejected when her older brother goes off on his honeymoon without inviting her along, Frankie 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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story is pleasantly enacted and the scenery and skiing are superb."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Zinnemann's evocation of painful childhood boasts lyrical dialogue from screipters Edna and Edward Anhalt, who altered very little of Carson McCuller's terrif book, first adapted to the stage in 1950."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dull and droopy -- a stage transplant that didn't take."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Wonderful, moving play-based film featuring great Ethel Waters performance."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"An overly static adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1950 Broadway hit about the end of adolescence, saved by the playwright's dialogue."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Classic performances."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
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