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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
According to Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien was quite mischievous on set. "Margaret O'Brien was at her most appealing (I might say 'appalling') age. And she could cry at the drop of a cue. Real tears, an endless flow, with apparently no emotional drain whatsoever. She was a quiet, almost too-well-behaved child, when her mother was on the set. When Mother was absent, it was another story and she was a pain in the neck." See more »
On Halloween night, Agnes and Tootie walk up to the children having the bonfire. When they ask who it is, Agnes incorrectly says, "It's me! Angus!" See more »
I can't get hungry till it gets dark.
Katie the Maid:
Dinner's at five-thirty. You can eat blind-folded!
Mrs. Anna Smith:
We have to be out of the dining room by six-thirty. Warren Sheffield is telephoning Rose from New York. And Rose, if I were you, I wouldn't committ myself one way or another. After all...
Mama, for goodness sakes!
Mrs. Anna Smith:
After all, we know very little about him. Why, we haven't even met his folks.
It seems to me that one little phone call is causing an awful lot of excitement in this family!
Mrs. Anna Smith:
Besides, you're ...
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This movie is sheer delight from start to finish. I'm sure St. Louis in 1904 wasn't really the same as its depicted here...but it should have been! Only the most jaded cynic imaginable could not be charmed by this film.
The songs are perfect, the cinematography, the set direction, costumes, everything really - MGM movie magic at its best! Vincente Minelli did a superlative job of direction, and the cast simply could not be bettered. Judy Garland gives what I feel is the most relaxed and charming performance of her career, and sings like an angel, not like the jittery bundle of nerves she would become in later life. Tom Drake is very winning as the "Boy Next Door" we should all be so lucky to have. But Margaret O'Brien absolutely steals the picture as the adorable but irrepressibly morbid Tootie, a refreshing change from the normally saccharine moppets of Hollywood's golden years. Marjorie Main also swipes a scene or two as the mouthy cook, and Mary Astor and Leon Ames give sterling support as the parents. Their "make-up" scene at the piano is beautifully done.
What a wonderful antidote this movie is when you need to retreat from the harsh world and have your spirits lifted for a while.
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