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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  January 1945 (USA)
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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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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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January 1945 (USA)  »

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Le chant du Missouri  »

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$1,707,561 (estimated)

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$7,566,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The book on which the film is based originally ran as a weekly feature in the New Yorker Magazine in 1942. For the film many of the actions attributed to Tootie were actually done in real life by Sally Benson's sister Agnes. Also in reality, Benson's father moved the family to NYC and they never did come back for the World's Fair. See more »

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When the cake is first cut, it is two layers. When they return and start eating around the piano, one of the pieces is three layers. See more »

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Katie the Maid: Would it start a minor revolution in this household if dinner was served an hour early today?
Mrs. Anna Smith: Mr. Smith hates to eat early on a hot day.
Katie the Maid: Eating early on a hot day gives you more time to digest your food before retiring. Besides, I'm due at my sister's at seven o'clock on a family matter.
Mrs. Anna Smith: Is there something wrong with your sister?
Katie the Maid: She's having trouble with her husband. Him bein' a man.
Mrs. Anna Smith: Well, eating early is all right with me, but you'll have to explain it to Mr. Smith.
Katie the Maid: Oh, he won't mind, seein' ...
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21 December 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

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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