Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Approved  |   |  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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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  »

Box Office


$1,707,561 (estimated)


$7,566,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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1940's interior sound stage and exterior set movie lighting equipment used Klegl Brothers lamp fixtures equipped with carbon-arc lamps. These lamps became famous for being so bright that it hurt the eyes of the actors, causing them to wear sun glasses during camera rehearsals. In the "Meet Me in St. Louis" after party sequence between Esther Smith and neighbour John Truett, Esther asks John to stay while she turns off the rooms lighting, gas-sourced chandeliers, in the living room, dining room, entrance hallway, and main staircase. Klegl carbon-arc lamps can not be dimmed. In the 1940's, movie studios did not have dimmer boards for the movie Klegl lighting fixtures. For this sequence, to create the illusion of the set's gas light fixtures being turned off, large Venetian blinds were hung in front of the carbon-arc set lighting fixtures. As Esther and John turn off each chandelier, the electrician-grip would close the Venetian blind hung in front of the set lighting lamp, hanging in the stage-set's overhead scaffolding cat-walk surrounding the set wall perimeter. Closing the Venetian blind closed off the light source creating the illusion of the chandelier being turned off. After John leaves the house, Esther's action is to ascend the staircase, where she turns the two staircase wall gas lamps back on! The electrician-grip, stationed at his assigned carbon-arc lamp, opened the Venetian blind in front of the carbon-arc lamp, creating the illusion that the staircase wall gas lamp fixture was re-lighted, lighting the staircase as Esther heads to her upstairs bedroom. See more »


The amount of tears on Tootie's face changes as she listens to Esther singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". See more »


Katie the Maid: Mrs. Smith, who are these boys?
Agnes Smith: It's me, Katie, it's Agnes!
Katie the Maid: Saints preserve us, it is! You had me fooled!
'Tootie' Smith: Mama, we fooled her!
Mrs. Anna Smith: Well, if you can fool our Katie, you can fool anyone.
Katie the Maid: Agnes, I thought you were a drunken ghost.
Agnes Smith: But I am. Tootie's a horrible ghost, and I'm a terrible drunken ghost.
'Tootie' Smith: She was murdered in a den of thieves, and I died of a broken heart. I've never even been buried because everyone's scared to come near me.
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A fine relaxation of a movie
15 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review won't be long because I do not have too much to say about this movie. So here it is. "Meet Me in St. Louis" is about the Smith family that are living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair in 1904. I don't find anything groundbreaking about this movie, because of the amount of praise it gets. Don't get me wrong, I like the movie but I don't think its a masterpiece or anything like that. For what it is, I think its fine and it is indeed watchable. The cast in this movie are good, especially for Judy Garland; although I like her more when she was in "The Wizard of Oz." I do love the film's cinematography and its setting. I really do enjoy the atmosphere of St. Louis as you go on out and have a wonderful time. The movie is also well directed and well written. The movie itself is not really a Christmas movie, but at the end, it does somehow leave you that Christmas feeling as Garland sings wonderfully with the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;" the songs in the film are fine too. Again, there is nothing groundbreaking about it but I do think it is a fine relaxation of a movie as you just want to enjoy the atmosphere of St. Louis. So that is what I thought of "Meet Me in St. Louis," and I give it an 8 out of 10.

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