Meet Me In St. Louis

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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 Smiths to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther (Judy Garland)'s romance with boy-next-door John Truett (Tom Drake) and causing similar emotional trauma for the rest of the household. In a cast that includes Mary Astor as Ames' wife, Lucille Bremer as another Ames daughter, and Marjorie Main as the housekeeper, the most fascinating character is played by 6-year-old Margaret O'Brien. As kid sister Tootie, O'Brien seems morbidly obsessed with death and murder, burying her dolls, "killing" a neighbor at Halloween (she throws flour in the flustered man's face on a dare), and maniacally bludgeoning her snowmen when Papa announces his plans to move to New York. Margaret O'Brien won a special Oscar for her remarkable performance, prompting Lionel Barrymore to grumble "Two hundred years ago, she would have been burned at the stake!" The songs are a heady combination of period tunes and newly minted numbers by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, the best of which are The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. As a bonus, Meet Me in St. Louis is lensed in rich Technicolor, shown to best advantage in the climactic scenes at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Judy Garland
as Esther Smith
Margaret O'Brien
as Tootie Smith
Lucille Bremer
as Rose Smith
Mary Astor
as Mrs. Smith
Leon Ames
as Alonzo Smith
Joan Caroll
as Agnes Smith
Tom Drake
as John Truett
June Lockhart
as Lucille Ballard
Henry H. Daniels Jr.
as Lon Smith Jr.
Chill Wills
as Mr. Neely
Joan Carroll
as Agnes Smith
Hugh Marlowe
as Col. Darby
Robert Sully
as Warren Sheffield
Donald Curtis
as Dr. Terry
Mary Jo Ellis
as Ida Boothby
Ken Wilson
as Quentin
Darryl Hickman
as Johnny Tevis
Leonard Walker
as Conductor
Victor Kilian
as Baggage Man
John Phipps
as Mailman
Sam Harris
as Mr. March
Mayo Newhall
as Mr. Braukoff
Belle Mitchell
as Mrs. Braukoff
Sidney Barnes
as Hugo Borvis
Victor Cox
as Driver
Kenneth Donner
as Clinton Badger
Buddy Gorman
as Clinton Badger
Joe Cobbs
as Clinton Badger
Helen Gilbert
as Girl on Trolley
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Really good music but the acting and plot was lacking something .

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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Childhood classic that gets better with age.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

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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
Aj V

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Delightful film about the life of a family living in St. Louis around the time of the 1904 World's Fair. It's more noteable for it's famous songs (the title song appears no less than 100 times in the film) than for the story, which focuses on the older girls romantic relationships through the various holidays and parties throughout the year. The director, Vincente Minnelli, as in another of his period piece musicals "Gigi", is more interested in giving the audience a flavor of daily life and uncovering the quaint and long-forgotten customs of long ago (the children play pranks and set fires in the streets at halloween, rather than ask neighbors for candy). There's alot of charm in this film that makes one long for the old time-y family life. Meet me in St. Louie and I'll be your tootsi wootsi.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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