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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  January 1945 (USA)
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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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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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Le chant du Missouri  »

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$1,707,561 (estimated)

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$7,566,000 (USA)
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First intended as a duet for Alfred Drake and Joan Roberts in the Broadway production of "Oklahoma!", the Rodgers & Hammerstein song "Boys and Girls Like You and Me" had been discarded from that 1943 Broadway triumph and replaced with "People Will Say We're in Love". MGM producer Arthur Freed then purchased screen rights to the song, planning to interpolate it into the film score as a Judy Garland solo, but her rendition was cut from the picture. Miss Garland's Decca album of songs from the film included the song in an arrangement similar to her MGM prerecording. Later, the ballad was chosen to be crooned by Frank Sinatra to Betty Garrett in another Arthur Freed production, Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), but again the tune was deleted. The footage of Judy singing the song to Tom Drake no longer exists, but on the Warner Home Video special-edition DVD, the original audio recording is played over Garland-Drake production stills. Only about two or three seconds of footage from this sequence may be seen on the trailer in which Tom Drake's name is screened. It shows a medium shot of Tom Drake, and in the background, you can see some buildings supposedly under construction as they would appear in the surviving production stills. See more »

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The piece of cake that Mr. Smith eats for Halloween dessert starts out flat and later grows into a wedge. See more »

Quotes

Katie the Maid: Mrs. Smith, who are these boys?
Agnes Smith: It's me, Katie, it's Agnes!
Katie the Maid: Saints preserve us, it is! You had me fooled!
'Tootie' Smith: Mama, we fooled her!
Mrs. Anna Smith: Well, if you can fool our Katie, you can fool anyone.
Katie the Maid: Agnes, I thought you were a drunken ghost.
Agnes Smith: But I am. Tootie's a horrible ghost, and I'm a terrible drunken ghost.
'Tootie' Smith: She was murdered in a den of thieves, and I died of a broken heart. I've never even been buried because everyone's scared to come near me.
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Auld Lang Syne
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Played at the Dance
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Great holiday film and attests to the old saying "they don't make 'em like that anymore."
16 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great family film that's always a pleasure to watch especially during the holidays.

From the cast to the costumes and sets, director Vincente Minnelli took great pains to make this film as true to life as possible.

There are just some films you don't tire of seeing. Released in 1944, it stands the test of time and brings home a sense of nostalgia when viewed more than 60 years later.

I'm a classics fan and most films today don't even begin to compare with the sincerity, the warmth, and class this film delivers. It was filmed when the Hollywood musical was king of the box office. I recommend it to anyone who wants a diversion from the extreme in-your-face forms of entertainment like Family Guy and Beavis and Butthead reruns.


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