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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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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.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Irving Brecher (screen play), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 ... Col. Darly
Robert Sully ... Warren Sheffield
Chill Wills ... 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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When Juddy Sings the Hit Parade "Trolley Song" , and six more, including "Rhe Boy Next Door" ...It's a thrill to remember! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 25, 1945) See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Had its world premiere on Nov. 22, 1944, at the Loew's State Theatre in downtown St. Louis. Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien and the other stars of the film did not attend the premiere. (Garland completed work on her film "The Clock" in Hollywood just one day earlier.) The star attraction at the sold-out event was author and native St. Louisan Sally Benson. Two days later, Garland did attend the opening at the Loew's State Theater in New York. While there, the actress announced her engagement to the director of the film, Vincente Minnelli. See more »

Goofs

In the supper scene when they are trying to rush the meal so that Rose can take her long distance call in private, Katie the maid serves Mr. Smith his soup. The bowl looks completely empty through the whole scene until Katie comes to pick up the bowl. At that point, it is full of brightly-colored soup. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Anna Smith: Best ketchup we ever made, Katie.
[she tries to tasting ketchup, it is too sweet]
Katie (Maid): Too sweet.
Mrs. Anna Smith: Mr. Smith likes it all the sweet side.
Katie (Maid): All men like it on the sweet side. Too sweet, Mrs. Smith.
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Alternate Versions

A rare version, dubbed in Spanish, exists, which was issued on VHS in Spain several years ago. This version features the entire soundtrack dubbed, including the songs, and several scenes deleted involving Margaret O'Brien deleted, dealing with Halloween, immediately after "The trolley song". TNT, in Latin America, after prologue dealing about how this film was restored presented it in its complete version but with the Spanish dubbed soundtrack lifted from that old version, which was not restored. For that reason, after "The trolley song" and during several minutes the films plays in English (after Judy Garland "sung" in Spanish) and then the audio reverts back to the dubbed version. Although that dubbed version was available in Spain, some people believe that it was actually produced in Mexico. See more »


Soundtracks

The Boy Next Door
(1944)
Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Played during the opening credits and also in the score
Sung by Judy Garland (uncredited)
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There's no place like home
16 December 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Movie musicals don't get any better than this! In "The Wizard of Oz" Judy Garland's character, Dorothy, opines, "there's no place like home." In "Meet Me in St. Louis" we are treated to a depiction of exactly what an ideal home, a home to cherish and nostalgically remember, is.

The Smith family lives in a sprawling and lovely house in the nicer part of St. Louis. Three generations of the family live together: Grandpa Smith, Lon (a prosperous attorney )& Anna Smith and their five children: Lon Jr. (off to Princeton), Rose (smitten with Warren Sheffield), Esther (getting to know "the boy next door") and the two youngest girls, Agnes and irrepressible "Tootie" (always up to mischief). Family drama unfolds! The brilliantly talented Vincente Minneli has created in this film an irresistible homage to home and family circa 1903/04 with the added piece de resistance of Judy Garland singing some of her most well-known and beloved songs: "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Beautiful!

Garland is the supreme entertainer of her generation and possibly for all time. She can relate a song to her audience and make them feel what is in her heart. Nowhere in St. Louis is this more clear than in her rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - a carol with obvious tear-jerking sadness and poignancy. However, the film's most exuberant display of joyous passion remains 'The Trolley Song'.

At any rate, enjoy! This is one film that never gets old and Judy Garland was never more beautiful than she was right here.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$225,684, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:

$403,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$485,932
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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