Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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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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January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant du Missouri  »

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$1,707,561 (estimated)


$7,566,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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According to Mary Astor, "I walked into Judy's portable dressing room one tense morning and she greeted me with her usual cheery, 'Hi, Mom!' I sat down on the couch while she went on primping, and said, 'Judy, what the hell's happened to you? You were a trouper - once.' She stared at me. I went on, 'You have kept the entire company out there waiting for two hours. Waiting for you to favor us with your presence. You know we're stuck - there's nothing we can do without you at the moment.' She giggled and said, 'Yeah, that's what everybody's been telling me.' That bugged me and I said, 'Well, then, either get the hell on the set or I'm going home.' She grabbed me by the hand, and her face had crumpled up, 'I don't sleep, Mom!' And I said, 'Well, go to bed earlier then - like we all have to do. You're not so damn special, baby!' and stalked out in my own unthinking high dudgeon. It was some years later before I really knew what she'd been going through." See more »


When one of the girls in Esther's group of friends going to the Fairgrounds in the first act of the film says the site must look like a fairy land, one of the boys tells her the fair won't open for six months. This scene took place in the "Summer 1903" act of the film and before the "Autumn 1903" act. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis in April of 1904. If the fair wouldn't open for six months, the excursion of Esther's friends to the fairgrounds should place the date of that scene sometime in November of 1903. See more »


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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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