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Meet Me In St. Louis
CAST:

Esther Smith:   Judy Garland
"Tootie" Smith:   Margaret O'Brien
Mrs. Anna Smith:   Mary Astor
Rose Smith:   Lucille Bremer
Alonzo Smith:   Leon Ames
John Truett:   Tom Drake
Katie the maid:   Marjorie Main
Grandpa:   Harry Davenport
Lucille Ballard:   June Lockhart
Lon Smith Jr.:   Henry H. Daniels Jr.
Agnes Smith:   Joan Carroll
Colonel Darly:   Hugh Marlowe
Warren Sheffield:   Robert Sully
Mr. Neely:   Chill Wills
Dr. Terry:   Donald Curtis
Ida Boothby:   Mary Jo Ellis
Quentin:   Ken Wilson
Motorman:   Robert Emmett O'Connor
Johnny Tevis:   Darryl Hickman
Conductor:   Leonard Walker
Baggage Man:   Victor Killan
Mailman:   John Phipps
Mr. March:   Major Sam Harris
Mr. Braukoff:   Mayo Newhall
Mrs. Braukoff:   
Belle Mitchell
Hugo Borvis:   
Sidney Barnes
George:   Myron Tobias
Driver:   Victor Cox
Clinton Badgers:   Joe Cobbs, Kenneth Donner, Buddy Gorman
Girl on Trolley:   Helen Gilbert
Singing voice of Alonzo Smith:   Arthur Freed
Singing voice of Anna Smith:   Denny Markas

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"Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair,
Don't tell me the lights are shining
any place but there;
We will dance the Hoochee Koochee,
I will be your tootsie wootsie,
If you will meet in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair."

Meet Me in St. Louis tells the tells the story of a large, idealized upper middle class family. The film covers the year just prior to the opening of the 1904 World's Fair, the biggest event that St. Louis had ever seen. The script was based on a series of stories written by Sally Benson, published by the 'New Yorker' magazine during the early 1940s.

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The Smiths are headed by taciturn businessman Alonzo (Leon Ames). His graceful wife is Anne (Mary Astor). Perfect son Lon is a freshman at Princeton. He has four sisters. Smiling beauty Rose (Lucille Bremer) is the oldest, followed by passionate Esther (Judy Garland). Agnes (Joan Carroll) and Tootie (Margaret O'Brien) are still children.
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Of course, the older children are all given love interests. Esther has 'the boy next door', perfect John Truett (Tom Drake). Lon has perfect Lucille Ballard (June Lockhart). Rose has enthusiastic but otherwise perfect Warren Sheffield (Robert Sully).
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The plot weaves several musical numbers around the ups and downs of the various romances. Suspense is created when Alonzo announces that he is taking a promotion in New York City. Will the family's pending move to the Big Apple disrupt their ordinary but picturesque lives?

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Tootie, the youngest of the children, is an impish little girl with an obsession with death. Her activities including burying her dolls that she imagines have died from terminal illnesses. She is a strange character for a musical from 1944. Another curious scene has her participating in a street bonfire, which is fed by little children tossing furniture into the flames. No adults are present, but their supervision is sorely needed.
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O'Brien was the leading child actress from the 1940s, and was second billed to Judy Garland. In 1945, she was awarded a special Juvenile Oscar, for her work in this film and Jane Eyre. She was the first to win the Juvenile Oscar since Garland in 1940 for The Wizard of Oz.
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Except for O'Brien's eccentric character, and a scene where Garland bites her beau, Meet Me in St. Louis is conventional even for a big budget MGM musical. While the supporting characters are all charming, they have been heavily romanticized. Garland's nervous, insecure personality gives her character a depth that it likely didn't have on paper.

Among the supporting cast is Harry Davenport, who plays the spry grandfather, and Marjorie Main, who is the family cook. Davenport was one of the best supporting actors of the 1930s. Main would become famous in a few years from a series of Universal films where she played gregarious bumpkin Ma Kettle.
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Surprisingly, the musical numbers do not dominate the film. The big production is "The Trolley Song", with Garland singing of newfound love. The cast with their colorful period costumes are packed onto a trolley, while Garland moves about singing. She had a wonderful voice, full of the soaring warmth found in her most famous song, "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz.
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However, the best song here is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", a bittersweet song that she would perform in concerts for the rest of her life. Another song that works is the moving "You and I", which Alonzo and Anne use to reaffirm their love after a family row. Alonzo's singing voice is dubbed by Arthur Freed, the film's producer. Freed's early career was as a songwriter.
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Director Vincente Minelli was the head of many MGM musicals. Although nearly two decades older than Judy Garland, they would marry the following year, 1945.

Meet Me in St. Louis received four Academy Award nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay (Irving Brecher), Best Color Cinematography (George Folsey), Best Song ("The Trolley Song"), and Best Score. (61/100)

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PHOTOS FROM THE FILM:

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

The Lyrics

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THE BOY NEXT DOOR

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The moment I saw him smile
I knew he was just my style
My only regret is we've never met
Though I dream of him all the while

But he doesn't know I exist
No matter how I may persist
So it's clear to see there's no hope for me
Though I live at fifty-one-thirty-five Kensington Avenue
And he lives at fifty-one-thirty-three

How can I ignore the boy next door
I love him more than I can say
Doesn't try to please me
Doesn't even tease me
And he never sees me glance his way

And though I'm heart-sore, the boy next door
Affection for me won't display
I just adore him
So I can't ignore him
The boy next door

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THE TROLLEY SONG

Clang ,clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings as we started for Huntington Dell.
Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Bump, bump, bump went the brake
Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings as we glided for Huntington Lake.
The day was bright, the air was sweet
The smell of honeysuckle charmed me off my feet
I tried to sing, but couldnŠŠ░ squeak
In fact I felt so good I couldnŠŠ░ even speak
Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer
Time to all disembark,
Time to fall went my heartstrings as we got off at Huntington Park
As we got off at Huntington Park.

~Judy~
With my high-starched collar, and my high-topped shoes
And my hair piled high upon my head
I went to lose a jolly hour on the Trolley and lost my heart instead.
With his light brown derby and his bright green tie
He was quite the handsomest of men
I started to yen, so I counted to ten the I counted to ten again
Clang, clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings
From the moment I saw him I fell
Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Bump, bump, bump went the brake
Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings
When he smiled I could feel the car shake
He tipped his hat, and took a seat
He said he hoped he hadnŠŠ░ stepped upon my feet
He asked my name, I held my breath
I couldnŠŠ░ speak because he scared me half to death
Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Plop, plop, plop went the wheels
Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings
As he started to go then I started to know how it feels
When the universe reels

~All~
The day was bright, the air was sweet
The smell of honeysuckle charmed you off youŠŠ«e feet
You tried to sing, but couldnŠŠ░ squeaks
In fact, you loved him so you couldnŠŠ░ even speak

~Judy~
Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer
Plop, plop, plop went the wheels
Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings
As he started to leave I took hold of his sleeve with my hand
And as if it were planned he stay on with me
And it was grand just to stand with his hand holding mine
To the end of the line

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