Meet Me in St. LouisDirector: Vincente Minnelli, Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor
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.
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Cast & Crew
|Judy Garland||Esther Smith|
|Margaret O'Brien||"Tootie" Smith|
|Mary Astor||Mrs. Anne Smith|
|Lucille Bremer||Rose Smith|
|Tom Drake||John Truett|
|Marjorie Main||Katie the Maid|
|June Lockhart||Lucille Ballard|
|Leon Ames||Mr. Alonzo Smith|
|Harry Davenport||Grandpa Prophater|
|Henry Daniels||Lon Smith, Jr.|
|Joan Carroll||Agnes Smith|
|Hugh Marlowe||Col. Darly|
|Robert Sully||Warren Sheffield|
|Chill Wills||Mr. Neely|
|Donald Curtis||Dr. Terry|
|Mary Jo Ellis||Ida Boothby|
|Helen Gilbert||Girl on Trolley|
|Sam Harris||Mr. March|
|Darryl Hickman||Johnny Tevis|
|Victor Kilian||Baggage Man|
|Belle Mitchell||Mrs. Braukoff|
|Mayo Newhall||Mr. Braukoff|
|Robert E. O'Connor||Conductor|
|Lemuel Ayers||Art Director|
|Ralph Blane||Score Composer|
|Fred F. Finklehoffe||Screenwriter|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Paul Huldschinsky||Set Decoration/Design|
|Hugh Martin||Score Composer|
|Irene Sharaff||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|George Stoll||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Edwin B. Willis||Set Decoration/Design|
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The cover on this DVD says this isthe "Two-Disc Special Edition". It'slike getting two movies in one! Iwon't get into the plot, as theformal reviews here cover that. I dobelieve this is THE movie to see forviewing a radiant Judy Garland anddarling Margaret O'Brien. This is arestored version and today's hi-techhas done the picture a great service.Colors are wonderful, the transferis clean. The movie also serves as away to appreciate musicals whenmusicals are not your forté. It'san upbeat picture, great escape andfine showcase of Hollywood costuming.The bonus features on the 2nd discare an entirely different mode. Youcan watch Judy Garland "changing" through trailers of her many movies.You also learn a bit about MargaretO'Brien, Mickey Rooney, the formerHollywood studio movie system, andother tidbits about the starsAmerica loved. The various trailersare NOT restored, and it's easy tosee how original film has deteriorated and makes you mostappreciative of the restoration jobachieved for Meet Me In St.Louis.This DVD edition is highly recommended for those interested inan alternative to The Wizard of Ozwhen an example of Judy Garland'smovie work is desired.
Here is a classic film that should be mandatory viewing for film buffs and family film enthusiasts. After 60 years and counting, it retains its artistic beauty, and glowing performance by Judy Garland...it introduces the classic Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Added to this enjoyment is a 'time capsule' view of a bygone era of American life. It is timeless, and to be cherished.
Meet Me in St. Louis is one of Judy Garland's best films. The story travels a year from fall to summer in the Victorian era as St. Louis prepares for the World's Fair. The viewer is drawn into the life of the Smith family over the course of that year as the family celebrates Halloween, Christmas and family situations between father, mother and daughters. The movie is funny, entertaining but best of all has Judy. I heard once that Margaret O'Brien attempted to steal the scene several times in this movie. Not sure if it is true, but I can see it, Judy keeps up with her and stays in character. Judy Garland was a phenomenal actress. There was just something about her performances. She was comfortable behind the camera, a great comic, yet you could see her vulnerable side. When she sang, she became the song. That's what made all her movies great. There is no one like Judy.
Great holiday and family scenes. Wonderful snapshot of life in a more innocent time. Wonderful Christmas ball with dance cards - why don't we celebrate like this anymore? Love the house.
this was another film i had watched in class and it was not bad, some of the songs were familar though i never knew where i had heard it from and now i know from this film. the story's about a family who ponders a move to a place new to them and leaving their beloved town that they grew up in and are starting to find love and etc.