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||IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 from votes
||Release: January 1945 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
||Stars: Chill Wills, Harry Davenport, Henry H. Daniels Jr., Hugh Marlowe, Joan Carroll, Judy Garland, June Lockhart, Leon Ames, Lucille Bremer, Margaret O'Brien, Marjorie Main, Mary Astor, Robert Sully, Tom Drake
||Synopsis: St. Louis 1903. The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John. He however barely notices her at first. The family is shocked when Mr. Smith reveals that he has been transfered to a nice position in New York, which means that the family has to leave St. Louis and the St. Louis Fair. Written by Mattias Thuresson
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"The day was bright, The air was sweet, The smell of honeysuckle
almost knocked you off your feet ..." This is unashamed nostalgia for an
idealised America, dating back to an age of innocence before the two World
It is 1903, and the city of St. Louis is ablaze with excitement as it
prepares to host the World's Fair. Here in the geographic heart of the USA,
the very pleasant Smith family lives in a very pleasant suburb of the very
pleasant St. Louis.
We watch the Smiths through the seasons and into Spring 1904 as they fall
in love, dress up for Hallowe'en, bottle their home-made ketchup and ....
well, ride the trolley.
This is a world of tranquillity where nothing can threaten the homely
complacency of Middle America. The evening meal is always a wholesome
family gathering, the month of July is always sunny, big brothers are always
handsome Princeton freshmen and the iceman's mare knows the neighbourhood so
well that she stops at each home on her round without needing to be told.
The only shadow which falls across the Smiths' domestic bliss comes when
Alonzo, the paterfamilias, proposes to move the household to New York.
However, Alonzo soon realises what a terrible mistake it would be to tear
his wife and daughters away from their beloved MidWest: he relents, and
family harmony is restored.
This heartwarming, exuberant musical is one of the very best ever made,
and MGM knew exactly what it was doing in terms of box office success. The
film was calculated to cash in on the zeitgeist of 1944, the year in which
vast American armies were sent across to Europe and the war in the Pacific
turned decisively in America's favour. Millions of young American men found
themselves far from home in what was certain to be the last Christmas of the
War, and millions of families back home missed them terribly: " Some day
soon we all will be together, If the fates allow. Until then, we'll have to
muddle through somehow ..."
In this idealised America, everyone is prosperous, everyone conducts
himself like a good citizen should, old folks are cheerful, healthy and
alert, domestic servants feign grumpiness but actually adore their masters,
and teenage girls are flirtatious but impeccably proper. There are strong
American folk-resonances in the homespun wisdom of the family elders, the
strong, straight young adults and the 'down home' hearthside gatherings and
dances. It could be argued that the film invokes an America that has never
in fact existed. This maybe so, but the Perfect America which we experience
here exerts an emotional pull far stronger than any real place could
Vincente Minnelli directed the movie with panache. There are many
subtle but sure touches - for example, two short scenes which establish the
proposition that the family's happiness is inextricably linked to St. Louis.
Alonzo announces the move to New York, and with clever choreography
Minnelli turns him into a pariah in his own living-room. Esther and Tootie
gaze at the snowmen which they will have to abandon in the yard, and we know
without any dialogue to help us that the eastward migration isn't going to
happen. With similar cinematic economy, Minnelli shows us the happy
commotion around the Christmas tree without allowing it to distract our
attention from Alonzo and Anna, whose wordless reconciliation sets the seal
on the plot. This is directing of rare skill.
In films of the 1960's and 70's a stock device was used: a sepia-tinted
photograph would 'come to life' with colour and motion, to show that the
scene was laid in the past. Minnelli employs the trick elegantly in this
film, and I am not aware of any example which pre-dates this
This is a 'formula' movie, but its ingredients are so fine and they are
combined with such marvellous skill that the whole eclipses the parts.
Among the elements which contribute to the project's success are the songs -
and the film contains three classics: "The Trolley Song", "Have Yourself A
Merry Little Christmas" and (of course) "Meet Me In St.
Judy Garland was 22 years old when she made this film (though she
easily passes for a 17-year-old) and it was this movie which cemented her
relationship with Minnelli. They married one year later and Liza was born
in March 1946.
Predictably enough, the film has a happy ending. The teenage girls
Esther and Rose are paired off, and the Smiths get to visit the World's Fair
as one big happy family. As they look for the restaurant (once again, a
meal signifies domestic harmony) they are distracted by the lighting-up of
the city, a filmic metaphor for the approaching end of World War Two. The
sisters are filled with awe at America's technological ascendancy, and that
such miracles can be achieved by such folksy, simple people - "Right here
where we live: right here in St. Louis!"
Tags for Meet Me In St Louis Full Movie
, Harry Davenport
, Henry H. Daniels Jr.
, Hugh Marlowe
, Joan Carroll
, Judy Garland
, June Lockhart
, Leon Ames
, Lucille Bremer
, Margaret O'Brien
, Marjorie Main
, Mary Astor
, Robert Sully
, Tom Drake
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