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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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Did You Know?


By the time Vincente Minnelli started editing the film in post-production, according to his autobiography, he and Judy Garland were living together. See more »


In the scene where Esther and John are turning out the lights in the house, the exterior lights representing moonlight come up faster than the interior lights are extinguished. See more »


Warren Sheffield: Rose Smith, we can't go on like this any longer. I've positively decided we're going to get married at the earliest opportunity and I don't want to hear any arguments. That's final. I love you. Merry Christmas.
Rose Smith: Merry Christmas
Mr. Alonzo Smith: Anna, who is that boy?
Mrs. Anna Smith: Now Lonny he's a very fine young man. We'll talk about it later.
Grandpa: That young man is so excited he's liable to leave on his honeymoon without Rose.
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Referenced in That's My Bush!: Eenie, Meenie, Miney, MURDER! (2001) See more »


Under the Bamboo Tree
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Rosamond Johnson
Lyrics by Bob Cole
Sung and Danced by Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien
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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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