The Member of the Wedding 1952

The Member of the Wedding

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Bookish tomboy Frankie Addams (Julie Harris) doesn't get along with the rest of the girls in her tiny southern town. Depressed, socially isolated and perched on the verge of adolescence, Frankie takes refuge with the family maid, Berenice (Ethel Waters), and pals around with her young cousin, John Henry (Brandon de Wilde), while secretly fantasizing about going away with her brother, Jarvis (Arthur Franz), and his new bride, Janice (Nancy Gates), on their honeymoon to Alaska.

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Critic Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2)

  • The story is pleasantly enacted and the scenery and skiing are superb.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Dull and droopy -- a stage transplant that didn't take.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Though the Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers's prize-winning play about the last days of childhood, betrays its stage origin on the screen, it has been made into a somewhat amusing, and moving, sometimes improbable picture.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Zinnemann manages to retain McCullers' narrative poetry in this sterling adaptation, and remains one of those aching, forlorn vintage classics worthy of greater renown.

    September 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The camera's cruel literalness makes it all too obvious that talented Julie Harris is a mature actress, rather than the agonized southern adolescent she portrays. Despite the film's evident sincerity, it is too thin dramatically.

    December 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film often betrays its stage roots, with its single setting and long stretches of dialogue, but Zinnemann wisely steps back and allows the actors to carry it.

    June 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

  • Feb 15, 2019
    Very well done drama, heavily laced with feel good social morality and loaded with "nobody understands what it is to be me!" speeches, ably supported by Ethel Waters, unfortunately comes burdened with the delivery vehicle in the form of a screaming 12 year old (Julie Harris). A half hour in and I was pulling my hair and wishing that somebody would shut the mouthy kid up. But nobody does, not in the length of the piece, which made the message unbelievable insofar as I was concerned. The entire work then needs to be taken out to the woodshed for some "adult talking".
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2013
    The actors make the most of a rather plodding story. It is surprising that this film received all the honours that it did. It was behind its time.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2012
    Some good acting by Ethel Waters in this slice of life and coming of age drama. The usually superior Julie Harris is shrill and annoying trying to be convincing as a 12 year old.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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