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Meet Me in St. Louis -- 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.
Meet Me in St. Louis -- 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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Release Date:
January 1945 (USA) See more »
A cast of favorites in the Charming . . . Romantic . . . Tuneful Love Story of the Early 1900s ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Judy Garland never looked better See more (136 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Esther Smith

Margaret O'Brien ... 'Tootie' Smith

Mary Astor ... Mrs. Anna Smith
Lucille Bremer ... Rose Smith

Leon Ames ... Mr. Alonzo Smith
Tom Drake ... John Truett
Marjorie Main ... Katie (Maid)

Harry Davenport ... Grandpa

June Lockhart ... Lucille Ballard
Henry H. Daniels Jr. ... Lon Smith Jr.
Joan Carroll ... Agnes Smith

Hugh Marlowe ... Colonel Darly
Robert Sully ... Warren Sheffield

Chill Wills ... Mr. Neely
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sidney Barnes ... Hugo Borvis (uncredited)
Joe Cobb ... Clinton Badger (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... A Driver (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Dr. Girard (uncredited)
Kenneth Donner ... Hugo Gorman (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Ida Boothby (uncredited)
Helen Gilbert ... Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Sidney Gorcey (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Boy at Pavilion (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Mr. March (uncredited)

Darryl Hickman ... Johnny Tevis (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter ... Girl in Blue on Trolley (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Mrs. Braukoff (uncredited)
The Music Maids ... Singers (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Mr. Braukoff (uncredited)
Sid Newman ... Boy on Trolley (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Motorman (uncredited)
John Phipps ... Mailman (uncredited)
Dorothy Raye ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Billy Royle ... Boy in Halloween Sequence (uncredited)
Group Seckler ... Performers (uncredited)

William Smith ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Myron Tobias ... George (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ... Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
Leonard Walker ... Conductor (uncredited)
Kenneth Wilson ... Quentin (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
Irving Brecher (screen play) and
Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play)

Sally Benson (based on the book by)

Doris Gilver  uncredited
Victor Heerman  uncredited
William Ludwig  uncredited
Sarah Y. Mason  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Roger Edens .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roger Edens (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
Albert Akst (film editor)
Art Direction by
Lemuel Ayers 
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff (costumes designed by) (as Sharaff)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Dorothy Ponedel .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J.E. Jennings .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Huldschinsky .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Joe Edmondson .... unit mixer (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording & effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Davis .... camera operator: matte paintings (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... minatures and transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Donald Jahraus .... miniatures assistant (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Bronner .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Roger Edens .... musical adaptation
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Calvin Jackson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
George Stoll .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Tucker .... vocal arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Charles Walters .... dance director
Sally Benson .... adviser: settings (uncredited)
Paul Jones .... choreographer (uncredited)
Rose Paidar .... voice double: Mary Astor (uncredited)
Gwen Vernon .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Ellen Wilson .... voice double: Mary Astor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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113 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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After principle 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 »
Continuity: As Esther comes down the stairs to the party in the parlor (with John Truett as one of the guests), she passes by the grandfather clock on the landing. In the shot just before coming to the landing, the pendulum is swinging. In the next shot, Esther is on the landing, and the pendulum is stopped.See more »
'Tootie' Smith:Here comes the invalid. I have to have two kinds of ice cream. I'm recuperating.
Mrs. Anna Smith:If I ever catch you fibbing again like you did about John Truett, I'll give you something to recuperate about.
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The Trolley SongSee more »


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38 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Judy Garland never looked better, 28 October 2000
Author: k_jasmine_99 from Nebraska

This is such a sweet, wonderful movie - a slice of 1900's America that probably was never so perfect, but we would like to think that it was. The storyline is not a love story between Esther (Garland) and "The Boy Next Door" (one of the three timeless classic songs found in this movie). The storyline is really about the whole Smith family, based on an actual family who lived in St. Louis at the turn of the century. The real-life "Tootie" Smith (played by Margaret O'Brien) wrote stories of her life for the NewYorker. These stories were bought and compiled into this classic musical.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" originated here, and has become a classic yuletide song. It has been sung a thousand times by a thousand artists, but no one could ever capture the heartfelt emotion expressed by Judy Garland. If it doesn't bring a tear to your eye as you listen to her sing the song to little Tootie, I would have to wonder if you have a heart at all.

The most fun song is "The Trolley Song" - you can even see that Judy herself had a ball singing it. That scene was done in one take.

Judy Garland never looked better in any of her films as she did in this one. Perhaps it was one of the happiest times in her life? It is well-known that she married director Vincent Minelli after this picture.

Beautifully directed, depicting with accuracy the passing of the seasons of one year in the life of the Smiths of St. Louis. What a fun, charming, movie. I could never tire of it.

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