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

Directed by

Vincente Minnelli

Written by

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

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

Music by

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

Cinematography by

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

Film Editing by

Albert Akst ... film editor

Art Direction by

Lemuel Ayers
Cedric Gibbons
Jack Martin Smith

Set Decoration by

Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

Dave Friedman ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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

Sound Department

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

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

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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

Music Department

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

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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  • 113 min
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Budget $1,707,561 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 The family sings "Meet Me In St. Louis" in 1903, but it wasn't published until 1904. 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 sun oughta do her some good.
'Tootie' Smith: I suspect she won't live through the night, she has four fatal diseases.
Mr. Neely: 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: That's the way to go, if you have to go.
'Tootie' Smith: Oh, she has to go.
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