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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | | 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 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ballard


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)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Introducing Tootie riding in the horse drawn cart with Mr. Neely, this single camera sequence was filmed on the MGM sound stage in film process. The "moving background projected screen action" had been previously filmed by a second unit filming company, coordinated with extras, horse drawn and motorized vehicles moving as background action. The exterior MGM-Culver City back-lot set's background reveal the existing Culver City foothill terrain, located behind the exterior Victorian street set. Ignoring the fact that St. Louis is flat land country, the back-lot newly constructed Victorian Saint Louis street had "foothills". The "Trolley" sequence was also filmed on the same MGM sound stage in film process. The "process plates" are projected by a motion picture projector onto a "rear screen" set directly in center line with the film camera's lens. The distance between the projector and the rear screen requires approximately 200' of separation. The film process requires a huge stage for the process projector/screen set-up, which also must include the vehicle and actor's film action occurring in front of the screen projection screen. See more »


It is often incorrectly claimed that an off screen male voice calls out "Hiya, Judy" (referring to actress Judy Garland instead of her character, Esther). The voice actually says "Hiya, Johnny". This refers to Tom Drake' s character, John Truett, who has been trying to catch the trolley and apparently just made it. As soon as the line is delivered Esther looks expectantly screen right but we do not see John until the end of the trolley song sequence. See more »


Esther Smith: Oh, Katie, they were just little white lies.
Katie the Maid: A lie's a lie. Dressin' it in white don't help it. And just why was I lying this time? Why must we have dinner an hour early?
Esther Smith: Because Rose is expecting...
Katie the Maid: Now don't go blaming your sister.
Esther Smith: Blaming her? Why, we're doing this for her. You know Rose's problem. Warren Sheffield has been writing to her for six months without one word that even smells like a proposal.
Katie the Maid: What's that got to do with having dinner an hour early?
Esther Smith: Warren is telephoning Rose ...
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Aura Lee
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by George R. Poulton
Played in background as Esther cries to her grandfather
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Judy Garland at her best!
6 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies with Judy Garland in it (the others being 'A Star Is Born' and 'Easter Parade'). She is so superb in it! Vincente Minnelli's direction is pristine and lushly beautiful. The supporting cast of the film also adds flair to the film. Little Margaret O'Brien plays Tootie, Judy's little sister in the film, who is a real standout. Lucille Bremer (a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who had a very short career at MGM), plays Judy's older sister who tries flirting with a colonel. The fabulous plot is very simple:

The year is 1903, the town, St. Louis.Tthe Smith family is anxiously awaiting to go to the World's Fair in their hometown. Esther (Judy Garland) has an endless crush on the boy next door Jon Truett (Tom Drake. Then, Mr. Smith (Leon Ames) breaks the news to the family that they are moving to New York City so he can get a job. Mrs. Smith (Mary Astor), Tootie (Margaret O'Brien), Agnes (Joan Caroll), and Esther (Judy), are extremely disappointed. But, on Christmas Eve, they decide not to move after all, and become one of the first visitors to the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904.

This movie is one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, and one of Judy Garland's BEST movies! (She sings the legendary "The Trolley Song", the heartwarming "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", the lovely "The Boy Next Door", and the cute duet with Margaret O'Brien, "Under The Bamboo Tree")


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