Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
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Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and held for ransom), the result was the charming valentine-card musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The plot hinges on the possibility that Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), the family's banker father, might uproot the
Nov 28, 1944 Limited
Apr 6, 2004
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Mrs. Anne Smith
Katie the Maid
Mr. Alonzo Smith
Henry Daniels Jr.
Lon Smith Jr.
Mary Jo Ellis
Girl on Trolley
Robert E. O'Connor
One of the first films to integrate musical numbers into the plot, it explores, without condescension or simplemindedness, the feelings that drive the family members apart and then bring them back together again.
Garland achieves true stature with her deeply understanding performance, while her sisterly running-mate, Lucille Bremer, likewise makes excellent impact with a well-balanced performance.
The joys of the film linger with the music and encourage you to savor the true moments of family togetherness.
The film really belongs to Garland and O'Brien. They make each scene they share pure magic, exuding an effortless confidence which lights up the screen, with the rest of the cast reduced to mere bystanders.
Warner's cases might create havoc for the fastidious home-video collector who remembers the dark days of clamshell VHS cases, but the production and presentation of Minnelli's first masterpiece gets everything right that really counts.
You'd better like the music because there's precious little plot to enjoy. Fortunately, the songs are memorable, the characters charming, and the romance sweet. (Blu-ray Book)
The onscreen blossoming of Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli's career making hit. Pure heaven.
Minnelli's first triumph and one of Hollwood best musicals, displaying the director's concept of integrated musical with dazzling color and innovative swriling camera movment
Audience Reviews for Meet Me In St. Louis
- Agnes Smith: [singing] Meet Me in St. Louis! Louis!
- Grandpa Prophater: [singing] Meet Me in St. Louis! Louis! [bumps into Agnes]
- "Tootie" Smith: Wasn't I lucky to be born in my favourite city!
- Esther Smith: I can't believe it. Right here where we live -- right here in St. Louis.
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