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
Lucille Bremer, who plays Rose in the film, was being tested by the studio to see if she could be a star. She appeared in a few other musical throughout the 40s, including the Jerome Kern biopic Till The Clouds Roll By and Yolanda And The Thief, with Fred Astaire. See more »
In an early scene you can see feathers and down floating all over the set, left over from the upcoming winter scenes. See more »
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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Movie musicals don't get any better than this! In "The Wizard of Oz" Judy Garland's character, Dorothy, opines, "there's no place like home." In "Meet Me in St. Louis" we are treated to a depiction of exactly what an ideal home, a home to cherish and nostalgically remember, is.
The Smith family lives in a sprawling and lovely house in the nicer part of St. Louis. Three generations of the family live together: Grandpa Smith, Lon (a prosperous attorney )& Anna Smith and their five children: Lon Jr. (off to Princeton), Rose (smitten with Warren Sheffield), Esther (getting to know "the boy next door") and the two youngest girls, Agnes and irrepressible "Tootie" (always up to mischief). Family drama unfolds! The brilliantly talented Vincente Minneli has created in this film an irresistible homage to home and family circa 1903/04 with the added piece de resistance of Judy Garland singing some of her most well-known and beloved songs: "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Beautiful!
Garland is the supreme entertainer of her generation and possibly for all time. She can relate a song to her audience and make them feel what is in her heart. Nowhere in St. Louis is this more clear than in her rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - a carol with obvious tear-jerking sadness and poignancy. However, the film's most exuberant display of joyous passion remains 'The Trolley Song'.
At any rate, enjoy! This is one film that never gets old and Judy Garland was never more beautiful than she was right here.
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