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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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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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M·G·M's glorious love story with music 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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1.37 : 1
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Producer-lyricist Arthur Freed dubbed the singing for Leon Ames singing the song "You and I" that was written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. See more »

Goofs

At the Christmas party Esther is wearing white gloves, but after the party when she is talking with John outside the Smith house she is no longer wearing the gloves and she is not holding them either. See more »

Quotes

John Truett: Wow, that's nice perfume.
Esther Smith: Do you like it? It's Essence of Violet. I only take it out on special occasions
John Truett: Exactly the kind my grandmother wears.
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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973) See more »

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Home, Sweet Home
(1823) (uncredited)
Music by H.R. Bishop
Played at the Dance
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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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