The Member of the Wedding1952
The Member of the Wedding (1952)
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as Frankie Addams
as Bernice Sadie Brown
as John Henry
as Mr. Addams
as Honey Camden Brown
as T.T. Williams
as Barney MacKean
Critic Reviews for The Member of the Wedding
The story is pleasantly enacted and the scenery and skiing are superb.
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.
Zinnemann manages to retain McCullers' narrative poetry in this sterling adaptation, and remains one of those aching, forlorn vintage classics worthy of greater renown.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Member of the Wedding
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".
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.
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.
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