Frankie Addams, a very boyish articulate 12-year-old girl, is going through an unhappy stage of her life, having been spurned by the neighborhood girls. She spends most of her time in the kitchen talking to her black maid, Bernice, and the younger next door boy, John Henry.
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Based on Carson McCullers' Frankie Addams. Firstly, I must notice Julie Harris's performance who, at the age of 27, plays the 12 y.o. Frankie. And she's totally believable in the role. Of course, the film may seem a little verbose at times but Zinnemann manages with success to give life to the Addams' mansion and to convey the sweaty atmosphere of the South. Recommended.