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Meet Me in St. Louis ()


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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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Esther Smith
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'Tootie' Smith
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Mrs. Anna Smith
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Rose Smith
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Mr. Alonzo Smith
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John Truett
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Katie (Maid)
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Grandpa
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Lucille Ballard
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Lon Smith Jr.
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Agnes Smith
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Colonel Darly
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Warren Sheffield
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Mr. Neely
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sidney Barnes ...
Hugo Borvis (uncredited)
Judi Blacque ...
Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
Victor Cox ...
A Driver (uncredited)
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Dr. Girard (uncredited)
Kenneth Donner ...
Hugo Gorman (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ...
Ida Boothby (uncredited)
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Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ...
Sidney Gorcey (uncredited)
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Boy at Pavilion (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Mr. March (uncredited)
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Johnny Tevis (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter ...
Girl in Blue on Trolley (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ...
Baggage Man (uncredited)
Beverly Luff ...
Girl on the Trolley / Singer (uncredited)
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Mrs. Braukoff (uncredited)
The Music Maids ...
Singers (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ...
Mr. Braukoff (uncredited)
Sid Newman ...
Boy on Trolley (uncredited)
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Motorman (uncredited)
John Phipps ...
Mailman (uncredited)
Ellen Ray ...
Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
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Girl at Party (uncredited)
Beth Renner ...
Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
Billy Royle ...
Boy in Halloween Sequence (uncredited)
Group Seckler ...
Performers (uncredited)
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Little Boy (uncredited)
Myron Tobias ...
George (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ...
Girl on Trolley (uncredited)
Leonard Walker ...
Conductor (uncredited)
Kenneth Wilson ...
Quentin (uncredited)

Directed by

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Vincente Minnelli

Written by

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Irving Brecher ... (screen play) and
Fred F. Finklehoffe ... (screen play)
 
Sally Benson ... (based on the novel by)
 
Victor Heerman ... () (uncredited)
 
William Ludwig ... () (uncredited)
 
Sarah Y. Mason ... () (uncredited)
 
Doris Gilver ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Arthur Freed ... producer
Roger Edens ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Roger Edens ... (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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George J. Folsey ... director of photography (as George Folsey)

Film Editing by

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Albert Akst ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Lemuel Ayers
Cedric Gibbons
Jack Martin Smith

Set Decoration by

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Irene Sharaff ... (costumes designed by) (as Sharaff)

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator
Dorothy Ponedel ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Dave Friedman ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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J.E. Jennings ... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Paul Huldschinsky ... associate set decorator
William H. Cunningham ... greensman (uncredited)
Clarence J. Falk ... greens supervisor (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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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

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Robert J. Bronner ... second camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irene ... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Roger Edens ... musical adaptation
Conrad Salinger ... orchestrator
George Stoll ... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
David Crocov ... violin (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frederick Herbert ... music mixer (uncredited)
Calvin Jackson ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin ... music mixer (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Stoll ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Tucker ... vocal arranger (uncredited)

Other crew

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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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Plot Summary

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 A cast of favorites in the Charming . . . Romantic . . . Tuneful Love Story of the Early 1900s ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le chant du Missouri (France)
  • Heimweh nach St. Louis (Germany)
  • Cita en St. Louis (Spain)
  • Το Τραγούδι της Αγάπης (Greece)
  • Bстреть меня в Сент-Луисе (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Budget $1,707,561 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Margaret O'Brien's mother wanted more money for her to play "Tootie" in the film. The studio then cast the young daughter of a lighting man working on the film, going so far as to even fit her with costumes. They then changed their minds and decided to go ahead and cast Margaret O'Brien. O'Brien was playing a scene when that lighting man intentionally dropped a heavy spotlight to the sound stage, narrowly missing the young actress. He was taken away and actually admitted to a mental institution for a time for his deed. See more »
Goofs When Esther and Tootie perform "Under the Bamboo Tree", Tootie's bedroom slippers are pink at the beginning of the number...but change to blue in the "cake walk" finale. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
Soundtracks The Trolley Song See more »
Quotes [about her doll]
'Tootie' Smith: Poor Margeretha, I've never seen her look so pale.
Mr. Neely the Iceman: The sun oughta do her some good.
'Tootie' Smith: I suspect she won't live through the night, she has four fatal diseases.
Mr. Neely the Iceman: And it only takes one.
'Tootie' Smith: But she's going to have a beautiful funeral, in a cigar box my Papa gave me, all wrapped up in silver paper.
Mr. Neely the Iceman: That's the way to go, if you have to go.
'Tootie' Smith: Oh, she has to go.
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