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
After principal photography was completed, Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland visited NYC during the production process period of the film. Staying at the Plaza Hotel, Vincent and Judy attended the S.M. Berman (author) Broadway comedy, in three acts, "The Pirate". Minnelli's "Meet Me in St. Louis" art director, Lemuel Ayers, recommended the play for Minnelli's future project. "The Pirate", produced by The Theatre Guild, (177 performances) featuring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, with a cast of 38. The play's Scenic Designer was Lemuel Ayers. The play's costume designs were by Miles White, with the costumes executed by Madam Barbara Karinska. Directed and staged by Alfred Lunt, the comedy was performed at the Martin Beck Theatre. Enamored with the comedy, Minnelli called the studio asking MGM to purchase "The Pirate" filming property rights for him, as a follow up project after "Meet Me in St. Louis" was completed. After investigating, the MGM production office responded "we already own it!" Minnelli and Garland repeatedly attended the play's performances during their NYC stay, with Minnelli inscribing sketches and notes of the sets, costumes, and production details. See more »
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 »
We'll fix him fine. It'll serve him right for poisoning cats... He buys meat and then he buys poison and then he puts them all together.
And then he burns the cats at midnight in his furnace. You could smell the smoke...
...and Mr. Braukoff was beating his wife with a red hot poker... and Mr. Braukoff has empty whiskey bottles in his cellar.
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A bit of cake and a song to blow away the wind of change.
A film that is firmly ticking all the boxes for those looking for a family classic to admire and tap your feet along with. This delightful musical deals with one family and their struggle to deal with the changing of the times at the turn of the century. When the Father is requested to move to New York permanently with his job, the rest of the family are not that keen to leave their memories and their beloved home in St. Louis, and in to the mix is the varying degrees of blossoming love involving the elder daughters and their respective beaus.
This film is just so gorgeous on many fronts, the colour beautifully realises the tremendous scope director Vincent Minnelli brings with his recreation of the era, the attention to detail is quality supreme. The story is good and earthy, a sort of tale to have the viewer hankering for the good old days before the world got itself in one big hurry. The songs are crackers, enjoy standards such as The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and the simply precious Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. The cast are across the board doing good work but it is of course Judy Garland who carries the movie firmly on her slender shoulders, and here she has never been prettier, and her voice is practically as good as it ever was in her career.
A film for all the family to enjoy, a film that is from the top echelons of musicals, and a film that simply demands you relax and enjoy.
Right, I'm off to get a piece of cake... 9/10
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