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: 12,677

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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