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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
A flustered Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames) makes a sarcastic remark about embarking on a new career as a baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles. The major league team known as the Baltimore Orioles from 1901-1902 moved to New York City in 1903 and would eventually become known as the New York Yankees. (The scene in this film takes place in 1903, when the Baltimore Orioles was the name of a minor league team.) Oddly, the St. Louis Browns, a major league club from St. Louis at both the time the movie is set and the time it was made, would relocate in 1954 and become the modern-day Baltimore Orioles. See more »
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I'm going to let John Truett kiss me tonight.
Well, if we're going to get married, I may as well start it.
Nice girls don't let men kiss them until after they're engaged. Men don't want the bloom rubbed off.
Personally, I think I have too much bloom. Maybe that's the trouble with me.
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This is a Christmas movie above all, you should know this much going in. What this has come to mean, from Carol onwards, is a vivacious sketch of a dreamy but coherent world at the outset, here a picture of a prosperous white-picket-fence America, literally a picture that is animated as we submerge inside the fairy-tale, with clear demarcations between moral good and bad, with a clear complexion, but whose coherence we know will be tried, teased, or tempted over the course of the film by some hint of darkness that progressively threatens to overwhelm. Eventually it is going to prevail, the tribulation only strengthening bonds that affirm the value of family, integrity, selflessness, humility.
So if it's a Christmas movie you are looking for, to warm and comfort you, a fictional fireplace to snuggle next to, this can satisfy. The final image is of radiant faces embracing next to a Christmas tree. It beams joy and happiness.
But as a musical, it is tepid stuff. The test of a good musical, any movie for that matter but in the musical so much more clearly, is how well the voluptuous expression of song and dance, an expression of some purity and soul, is integrated inside the larger world that gives rise to them. How deep they map internally, visually, addressing the circumstances that inspire that dance. How in turn we are engaged to dance with the camera.
There is none of that here. No effort to integrate, no imagination to map to. Characters simply burst into song, poor song, poorly choreographed. There is no design of the heart beating faster.
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