The Member of the Wedding (1952)


“We’ll just walk up to people and know them right away. We’ll be walking down a dark road, and see a lighted house and knock on the door, and strangers will rush to meet us and say, “Come in! Come in!” We’ll know decorated aviators and New York people and movie stars. And we’ll have thousands and thousands of friends. We’ll belong to so many clubs that we can’t even keep track of them all. We’ll be members of the WHOLE WORLD! ” – Frankie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A 12 year old girl has her life turned around when she hears that her brother is returning home and will be married.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my quest to watch all movies that have received Oscar nominations for the performances.

The premise itself sounded intriguing but its quite apparent once things start that it will have trouble staying engaging due to the way that they present things.

The story tries to develop these characters but as the story moves along, the plot losing much of its credibility since it doesn’t seem genuine enough.

Julie Harris was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for her performance here which in and of itself is quite impressive since she was in her late twenties and successfully plays a young 12 year old girl.

The themes presented here that are touched upon are good but they fail to explore them deeply enough which takes away so much from the enjoyment of such a story since it isn’t able to keep the momentum flowing as the story unfold.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that just doesn’t work well enough to stay engaging The characters are developed fine but the way that things play out fails to come across as being genuine enough. Harris was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here which is impressive just by the fact that she was well into her 20’s when she played the role of a 12 year old.  The story touches upon some nice themes yet fails to explore them in a more thorough and interesting manner which makes this story lose much of its momentum along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Julie Harris was 27 when she played 12-year-old Frankie Addams. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “The Member of the Wedding (1952)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Actress – Oscars 1952 | MovieRob

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