Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sally Benson, Irving Brecher, Fred F. Finklehoffe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2004


as Esther Smith

as Tootie Smith

as Rose Smith

as Mrs. Smith

as Alonzo Smith

as Agnes Smith

as John Truett

as Lucille Ballard

as Lon Smith, Jr.

as Agnes Smith

as Mr. Neely

as Col. Darby

as Warren Sheffield

as Dr. Terry

as Ida Boothby

as Quentin

as Mr. March

as Johnny Tevis

as Conductor

as Baggage Man

as Mailman

as Mr. Braukoff

as Mrs. Braukoff

as Hugo Borvis

as Driver

as Clinton Badger

as Clinton Badger

as Clinton Badger

as Girl on Trolley
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Meet Me In St. Louis

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Meet Me In St. Louis

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | December 15, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Top Critic

One of the great musicals.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The joys of the film linger with the music and encourage you to savor the true moments of family togetherness.

April 16, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

In the words of one of the gentlemen, it is a ginger-peachy show.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Cut out as a comic relief, [Margaret O'Brien's] Tootie becomes an integral aspect of the film's psychology, as the repressed middle-class anger rearing, if innocently. (PopMatters Essential Film Performances 2013: Musical/Comedy)

Full Review… | August 7, 2013

Audience Reviews for Meet Me In St. Louis


Really good music but the acting and plot was lacking something .

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

Childhood classic that gets better with age.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

A good musical with Garland, it's very sentimental and romantic and dramatic. I liked it, and if you like the combination of musical, romance, and drama, you'll like this movie too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Meet Me In St. Louis Quotes

– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Frazer M (3 years ago)
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Meet Me In St. Louis on our Movie forum!