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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Approved | | 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 »

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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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M·G·M's glorious love story with music See more »


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January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant du Missouri  »

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$1,707,561 (estimated)

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$7,566,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition has been claimed by some to be the birthplace of the ice cream cone. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Esther and John are turning out the lights in the house, knobs on the chandelier show that it was electrical with bulbs removed, although they're supposed to be gaslights. See more »

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Esther Smith: [singing] Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight. / Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the yule time gay / Next year all our troubles will be miles away. / Once again as in olden days, happy golden days of yore / Faithful friends who are dear to us, will be near to us once more. / Someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow / Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow. / So have yourself a ...
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Sex and the City (2017) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish ballad
Played at the Dance
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Too sweet? Perhaps...but not too syrupy!
23 August 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

If there was no other reason why Judy Garland married Vincente Minnelli, then this film supplies the reason for how he won her hand. It's a valentine to her talents and, as an example of MGM's gilt-edged manufacture, it's a sold gold entry.

Yes, Tom Drake was a bit wan as Judy's love interest but everyone else in the cast, maybe even including the too-glamorous Lucille Bremer, are just right, especially the inimitable Marjorie Main. Mary Astor, already deep in the throes of her extended bout with alcoholism as the family's matriarch shows nary a sign of her illness, such was the wizardry of the makeup artists, costumers, hair dressers and the cinematographer. And Judy, too, already addicted to the medications that her tyrannical studio bosses used to keep her nose to a very demanding grindstone, looks as wholesome and lovely as one could wish, particularly in the "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" number.

It's one of those Golden Age classics that always repays a return viewing and its naysayers are in a rather lonely minority, in my opinion.


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