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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | January 1945 (USA)
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In the year leading up to 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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Katie (Maid)
Lucille Ballard
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ...
Lon Smith Jr.
Colonel Darly


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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A cast of favorites in the Charming . . . Romantic . . . Tuneful Love Story of the Early 1900s ! See more »


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Release Date:

January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant du Missouri  »

Box Office


$1,707,561 (estimated)


$7,566,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer-lyricist Arthur Freed dubbed the singing for Leon Ames singing the song "You and I" that was written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. See more »


In the scene where Esther and John are turning out the lights in the house, knobs on the chandelier show that it was electrical with bulbs removed, although they're supposed to be gaslights. See more »


Mr Alonzo Smith: Anna, I'm curious, just when was I voted out of this family?
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Referenced in The Next Best Thing (2000) See more »


You and I
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played on piano by Mrs. Smith
Sung by Mary Astor and Leon Ames (dubbed by Arthur Freed and Denny Markas)
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Judy Garland never looked better
28 October 2000 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

This is such a sweet, wonderful movie - a slice of 1900's America that probably was never so perfect, but we would like to think that it was. The storyline is not a love story between Esther (Garland) and "The Boy Next Door" (one of the three timeless classic songs found in this movie). The storyline is really about the whole Smith family, based on an actual family who lived in St. Louis at the turn of the century. The real-life "Tootie" Smith (played by Margaret O'Brien) wrote stories of her life for the NewYorker. These stories were bought and compiled into this classic musical.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" originated here, and has become a classic yuletide song. It has been sung a thousand times by a thousand artists, but no one could ever capture the heartfelt emotion expressed by Judy Garland. If it doesn't bring a tear to your eye as you listen to her sing the song to little Tootie, I would have to wonder if you have a heart at all.

The most fun song is "The Trolley Song" - you can even see that Judy herself had a ball singing it. That scene was done in one take.

Judy Garland never looked better in any of her films as she did in this one. Perhaps it was one of the happiest times in her life? It is well-known that she married director Vincent Minelli after this picture.

Beautifully directed, depicting with accuracy the passing of the seasons of one year in the life of the Smiths of St. Louis. What a fun, charming, movie. I could never tire of it.

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