Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Irving Brecher (screen play), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 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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Taglines:

M-G-M's BIG HAPPY-HEARTED HIT! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - March 25, 1944 - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

For many, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) is considered essential Christmas Eve viewing. If the film is begun at precisely 10:22:30 pm, the church bell that tolls midnight during John's Christmas Eve proposal to Esther coincides perfectly with the real-time stroke of midnight, thus allowing die-hard fans to ring in Christmas morning with the characters in the film. See more »

Goofs

It is often incorrectly claimed that an off screen male voice calls out "Hiya, Judy" (referring to actress Judy Garland instead of her character, Esther). The voice actually says "Hiya, Johnny". This refers to Tom Drake' s character, John Truett, who has been trying to catch the trolley and apparently just made it. As soon as the line is delivered Esther looks expectantly screen right but we do not see John until the end of the trolley song sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Anna Smith: [tastes ketchup] Best ketchup we ever made, Katie.
Katie (Maid): [tastes ketchup] 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. In addition, several Halloween scenes involving Margaret O'Brien are deleted, immediately after "The Trolley Song." TNT, in Latin America, after a prologue talking 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 "sang" 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 »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Joseph Winner
Played at the Dance
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Judy Garland at her best!
6 June 2003 | by whatamookSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies with Judy Garland in it (the others being 'A Star Is Born' and 'Easter Parade'). She is so superb in it! Vincente Minnelli's direction is pristine and lushly beautiful. The supporting cast of the film also adds flair to the film. Little Margaret O'Brien plays Tootie, Judy's little sister in the film, who is a real standout. Lucille Bremer (a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who had a very short career at MGM), plays Judy's older sister who tries flirting with a colonel. The fabulous plot is very simple:

The year is 1903, the town, St. Louis.Tthe Smith family is anxiously awaiting to go to the World's Fair in their hometown. Esther (Judy Garland) has an endless crush on the boy next door Jon Truett (Tom Drake. Then, Mr. Smith (Leon Ames) breaks the news to the family that they are moving to New York City so he can get a job. Mrs. Smith (Mary Astor), Tootie (Margaret O'Brien), Agnes (Joan Caroll), and Esther (Judy), are extremely disappointed. But, on Christmas Eve, they decide not to move after all, and become one of the first visitors to the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904.

This movie is one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, and one of Judy Garland's BEST movies! (She sings the legendary "The Trolley Song", the heartwarming "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", the lovely "The Boy Next Door", and the cute duet with Margaret O'Brien, "Under The Bamboo Tree")

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS WHOEVER LIKES MUSICALS! 10/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Me in St. Louis See more »

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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:

$486,631
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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