Movie House Memories

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Episode #87

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released Meet Me in St. Louis to theaters on November 28, 1944. Vincente Minnelli directs the film which stars Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, and Mary Astor.

Meet Me in St. Louis Movie Summary

Meet Me in St. Louis is a peek back in time at 20th Century Middle America. Based upon a memoir by Sally Benson, we follow the life of the Smith Family for a year. 1903 was a momentous year for the Smiths and for the city of St. Louis.

The eldest child, Lon, is about to leave for college. The two eldest daughters (Lucille Bremer and Judy Garland) fall in love and enjoy the St. Louis social life. The youngest Smith girls (Joan Carroll and Margaret O’Brien) relish their childhood mischief. St. Louis is the center of the planet as it prepares for the 1904 World’s Fair.

The idyllic life of the Smith family is shaken when their Father announces that they are relocating to New York City. His wife, children, maid, and Father are not pleased about his decision. Thankfully, Mr. Smith has a change of heart when he realizes how devastated his clan is by the potential move. The Smith’s stay in St. Louis and enjoy the Fair and a happy, tuneful ending.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released Meet Me in St. Louis to theaters on November 28, 1944. Vincente Minnelli directs the film which stars Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, and Mary Astor.

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  1. Ha, I was wondering what the next film would be and when I saw this was it, I wasn’t exactly surprised. I wonder if The Red Shoes is on anyone’s list. I’m not a big musical fan, but that one blew me away. Its one of of only 2 musicals I own(the other being Singin’ in the Rain)

    1. It could possibly end up on my list. I recently watched it based on our friend Shane Adam’s recommendation. It is a wonderful film.

  2. Hi Lori! I think you would like A Matter of Life and Death and I Know Where I’m Going. From the same team that did The Red Shoes. They aren’t musicals, but very charming British romance films. Speaking of musicals, what do you think of the Fred & Ginger films? I prefer them to the many bloated musicals of the 50s/60s. They are shorter, and are as much as screwball comedy as musical(some of the same character actors from screwball comedies are in them)

    1. I will have to watch those two films. Thanks for the recommendations.
      I do like the Fred and Ginger musicals. I think The Barkleys of Broadway is my favorite off the top of my head.

  3. disappointed that The Maltese Falcon probably won’t be reviewed. judging by their comments here, it definitely isn’t on Lori or Patrick’s list. Maybe Chris? I love film noir and think that Mary Astor in that may be the best femme fatale of all time. Cool to hear that Arsenic and Old Lace is your list, Lori. That’s the 3rd Frank Capra film that will be reviewed, I think?

    1. The Maltese Falcon is on my list. I love film noir too. We are reviewing The Treasure of the Sierra Madre for January 2017. If you haven’t seen that one, add it to your list! Great movie.

  4. Are any of you planning on seeing La La Land? It’s getting raves, could possibly be the first musical to win Best Picture at the Oscars since Chicago.

    1. We probably won’t review it unless Lori nominates it for Movie House Memories, or maybe she will want to review it with Shane A for Movie House Concessions.

  5. I just saw that one of the stars of this film, Margaret O’Brien, is starring in a horror film releasing in LA this week. It’s called “Hollywood Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!” Not kidding..

    1. I just looked this up…not only Margaret O’Brien, but Richard Grieco too! It looks terrible, but I might have to watch it.

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