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.