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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | January 1945 (USA)
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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.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Esther Smith
... 'Tootie' Smith
... Mrs. Anna Smith
... Rose Smith
... Mr. Alonzo Smith
... John Truett
... Katie (Maid)
... Grandpa
... Lucille Ballard
... Lon Smith Jr.
... Agnes Smith
... Colonel Darly
... Warren Sheffield
... Mr. Neely
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Storyline

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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A cast of favorites in the Charming . . . Romantic . . . Tuneful Love Story of the Early 1900s ! See more »


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January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le chant du Missouri  »

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$1,707,561 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,566,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland indulged in some bad habits during production. She would complain of illnesses and headaches, often arriving late to the set and keeping the cast and crew waiting for hours. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene you can see feathers and down floating all over the set, left over from the upcoming winter scenes. See more »

Quotes

Esther Smith: I'm going to let John Truett kiss me tonight.
Rose Smith: Esther Smith.
Esther Smith: Well, if we're going to get married, I may as well start it.
Rose Smith: Nice girls don't let men kiss them until after they're engaged. Men don't want the bloom rubbed off.
Esther Smith: Personally, I think I have too much bloom. Maybe that's the trouble with me.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.159 (2010) See more »

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Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Kerry Mills
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
Performed by Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer
Played during the opening credits, hummed, whistled, various times throughout and at the end
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Judy Garland never looked better
28 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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