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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.



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Complete credited cast:
Lucille Bremer ...
Tom Drake ...
Katie (Maid)
Lucille Ballard
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ...
Lon Smith Jr.
Joan Carroll ...
Colonel Darly
Robert Sully ...


St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant du Missouri  »

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$1,707,561 (estimated)


$7,566,000 (USA)

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Throughout the shoot, Judy Garland continued to have problems. Arthur Freed had a talk with her one day in her dressing room and then told Vincente Minnelli what was on Garland's mind. "She said she doesn't know what you want...She doesn't feel she can act anymore," said Freed. Minnelli was worried, but Freed reassured him. "Don't worry," Freed said. "It'll work out. I told Judy you know what you're doing and to trust you." Minnelli remained determined to coax a good performance out of her. "I didn't give up trying to reach her," said Minnelli. "I eventually could tell Judy what I wanted her to do with just a look, but at first I had to find the key words to get her to react. What seemed obvious to me was perplexing to her. Though the lines seemed silly to her, she had to believe in them. Each of Esther's crises, no matter how minor, had to be treated like the 1929 crash. Finally the message got to her...I still don't know how. Once she grasped the motivation, she was as brilliant in the dramatic scenes as she's been in the musical numbers. She was alternately wistful and exuberant, but always endearing." See more »


In an early scene you can see feathers and down floating all over the set, left over from the upcoming winter scenes. See more »


John Truett: Wow, that's nice perfume.
Esther Smith: Do you like it? It's Essence of Violet. I only take it out on special occasions
John Truett: Exactly the kind my grandmother wears.
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Music by Ralph Blane
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
16 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Judy Garlands second best film, next to the Wizard of Oz. It has the nostalgic feeling of fantasy for a different time & place. Feeling good & no place like home come into play too.

Vincent Minelli directs this Garland starring vehicle & then marries her after the film. Arther Freed, the MGM musical genius produces it. The supporting cast is strong from character actors Marjorie Main & Chill Wills, to Mary Astor & even a 19 year old June Lockhart.

The story is basically about St. Louis & a family living there in 1903. During the first half hour Judy sings several songs. Then there is a musical break for a while before the songs come back as we go from summer to fall. Then in the winter in the last 15 minutes, Judy finally gets to that tune "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Besides Over The Rainbow, this is her next most famous song.

This Technicolor musical is a good film. Some of the tunes are now dated, but Judys Christmas song is as timeless as any she ever sang & she is in excellent voice. The film features the mandatory happy ending which most films of the period have.

It runs a little short of 2 hours so it doesn't get bogged down which makes it quite watchable & even though it has Christmas in it, it is not broadcast as often as other Christmas films, but is as good as many of the films which are broadcast every year.

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