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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 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. 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 (142 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)
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 novel 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
William H. Cunningham .... greensman (uncredited)
Clarence J. Falk .... greens supervisor (uncredited)
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)
Frederick Herbert .... music mixer (uncredited)
Calvin Jackson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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1940's interior sound stage and exterior set movie lighting equipment used Klegl Brothers lamp fixtures equipped with carbon-arc lamps. These lamps became famous for being so bright that it hurt the eyes of the actors, causing them to wear sun glasses during camera rehearsals. In the "Meet Me in St. Louis" after party sequence between Esther Smith and neighbour John Truett, Esther asks John to stay while she turns off the rooms lighting, gas-sourced chandeliers, in the living room, dining room, entrance hallway, and main staircase. Klegl carbon-arc lamps can not be dimmed. In the 1940's, movie studios did not have dimmer boards for the movie Klegl lighting fixtures. For this sequence, to create the illusion of the set's gas light fixtures being turned off, large Venetian blinds were hung in front of the carbon-arc set lighting fixtures. As Esther and John turn off each chandelier, the electrician-grip would close the Venetian blind hung in front of the set lighting lamp, hanging in the stage-set's overhead scaffolding cat-walk surrounding the set wall perimeter. Closing the Venetian blind closed off the light source creating the illusion of the chandelier being turned off. After John leaves the house, Esther's action is to ascend the staircase, where she turns the two staircase wall gas lamps back on! The electrician-grip, stationed at his assigned carbon-arc lamp, opened the Venetian blind in front of the carbon-arc lamp, creating the illusion that the staircase wall gas lamp fixture was re-lighted, lighting the staircase as Esther heads to her upstairs bedroom.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Grandpa:You'll all be safe with me; I've got twelve guns in my room!See more »
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44 out of 49 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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