The Member of the Wedding (1952)

The Member of the Wedding (1952)




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This film version of Carson McCullers' play tells the touching story of a 12-year-old tomboyish girl in Georgia who, as the result of the impending wedding of her older brother, recognizes that she has to start doing some growing up of her own.
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Columbia Pictures


Julie Harris
as Frankie Addams
Ethel Waters
as Bernice Sadie Brown
Arthur Franz
as Jarvis
Brandon De Wilde
as John Henry
Nancy Gates
as Janice
William Hansen
as Mr. Addams
James Edwards
as Honey Camden Brown
Harry Bolden
as T.T. Williams
Dickie Moore
as Soldier
Danny Mummert
as Barney MacKean
June Hedin
as Helen
Ann Carter
as Doris
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Critic Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Dull and droopy -- a stage transplant that didn't take.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Julie Harris earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, admittedly a tad too mannered and theatrical for my taste. The real acting fireworks come from the remarkable Ethel Waters.

Full Review… | June 25, 2016
Creative Loafing

An overly static adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1950 Broadway hit about the end of adolescence, saved by the playwright's dialogue.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide

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February 21, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


I loved the scenery and the characters. What I didn't care for though was how much the movie skipped around, especially with the characters of John Henry and of Honey Brown. Frankie arrives at the outside of her home (after briefly running away) and is told from John Henry's bedroom window that she can't see him; that he's too ill. There's no further explanation and in the next scene---his character has been dead for months. In the instance of Honey Brown... Berenice pays a friend of hers to take Honey out of town to avoid legal troubles.. But then later in the movie, again without explanation, is told that he was sentenced to 10 years. Towards the end of the movie, we learn that Frankie will be moving to a new home with her dad and aunt. We're not told where Berenice winds up going. The story line just skipped around a tad too much for me. It's a sweet movie with tender moments and beautiful scenery... It's just one of those story lines that you wish had been written slightly different. ;-)

sherry winters
sherry winters

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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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