Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis

Judy Garland
Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Brien
, Mary Astor
Mary Astor
Vincente Minnelli


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2018
UPC: 0888574678906
Original Release: 1944
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 6,583

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Buddy Gorman Actor
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
Kenneth Wilson Quentin
Leonard Walker Conductor
Victor Cox Driver

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Albert Akst Editor
Lemuel Ayers Art Director
Ralph Blane Score Composer
Irving Brecher Screenwriter
Fred F. Finklehoffe Screenwriter
George Folsey Cinematographer
Arthur Freed Producer
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
Charles Walters Choreography
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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Meet Me in St. Louis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Calannie More than 1 year ago
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.
stellar70 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.