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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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Director:
Writers:
Irving Brecher (screen play) and
Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
January 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A cast of favorites in the Charming . . . Romantic . . . Tuneful Love Story of the Early 1900s ! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Too sweet? Perhaps...but not too syrupy! See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:o.Al. (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #10050) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Van Johnson was originally cast as John Truett, but Tom Drake took over.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When leaving for the World Trade Fair in the morning, of course it's daylight, once the family arrives, it is dark outside.See more »
Quotes:
[about the pronunciation of "St. Louis"]
Mr. Neely the Iceman:Well, I got a cousin who spells it the same way, and we call him "Louie".
'Tootie' Smith:He's isn't a city though, is he?
Mr. Neely the Iceman:No...
'Tootie' Smith:Is he a saint?
Mr. Neely the Iceman:Uh, no.
'Tootie' Smith:Then there's no comparison.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.149" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Over the BannisterSee more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Too sweet? Perhaps...but not too syrupy!, 23 August 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

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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