22 comments on “Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

  1. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed this movie! I was wondering what you would think of it.

    Thanks for a terrific review. You’ve made some excellent points, especially when you talked about “the loss of innocence, the end of an era, and the loss of an uncomplicated way of life.”

    Thanks for participating in our blogathon!

  2. Being a die-hard Garland fan, I’m delighted that you enjoyed this movie. It may be her technical best (“Oz” aside–that one is in a category all its own), and Judy said later that “Meet Me In St. Louis” was the only time she ever felt beautiful on film.

    I have some recommendations for you to develop your appreciation for Vincente Minnelli. He was an incredibly versatile director and not everything by a long shot is fluff and song and dance numbers. Give “Cabin in the Sky” a viewing–it’s a beautiful all-black version of Faust starring Lena Horne and Ethel Waters. There are musical numbers, but they’re interwoven with the story and are gracefully eased into.

    Another one to try is “Madame Bovary”–not a musical and the cinematography is the thing to watch for. That and the costumes. Excellent film.

    And “The Clock,” Judy Garland’s only film in which she doesn’t sing. It takes place in a 48-hour time period and tells the story of a girl who falls in love with a soldier on a 48-hour leave. It might be my favorite Garland movie in terms of plot, and Minnelli directs it with great skill.

    Give those a try–and I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know!

    • I’ve added all of those to my recommendation list. I did like the original Father of the Bride, which I know Minnelli did, and I think he’s at his best when he’s not consumed with creating innovative dance sequences. Thanks for the recommends!

      • Yes, Father of the Bride is another great Minnelli. He could really do everything, it’s just that his employment by MGM sort of pigeonholed him into musicals a lot of the time.

  3. Oops, I realized that I wrote “only film in which she doesn’t sing”–I meant only MGM film. She also doesn’t sing in Judgment at Nuremberg or A Child is Waiting, but those were much later :) Just thought I’d specify.

  4. Your review is spot-on — there really is a magic to this movie and the authenticity of the family unit has a lot to do with it. The great score helps a lot as well. Nicely done.

  5. Kristen, for a while there, I wasn’t able to leave you a comment on your wonderful post for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, but I’m so glad you were able to tweak the settings — Hooray! I’m usually more into suspense, film noirl, screwball comedy, or some combination of these genres. But it took Mary Astor and your moving, heartfelt post to get my easily-distracted self moved and teary-eyed! BRAVA to you on a superb post, and thanks so much for being part of our Mary Astor Blogathon. Indeed, you may recall that you were actually the first blogger to sign up for our Blogathon, starting it off right! :-) Thanks again!

  6. This film continues to grow on me more and more as the years pass by. It truly is magical. I imagine in a few more years it will be the one I pull out on Christmas afternoon. Thanks for the great post. (Do you really not like Minnelli? I am shocked… shocked!)

    • I probably will integrate this into my Christmas collection, who am I kidding? Yes, I’ve seen a few Minnelli movies and find him vastly overrated, then again I did really enjoy this film so maybe I’ve been watching the wrong movies?

  7. Thanks for reviewing this movie. Having lived in the St. Louis metro area for 20 years and one who actually read Benson’s book on which the movie was made, it holds a special place in my heart. Alas, Benson’s home no longer is standing, but Skinker Blvd.(mentioned as a lyric in The Trolley Song) is still a busy thoroughfare in the Lou. One other thing, in the St. Louis area at Halloween, the trick or treaters are supposed to tell a joke before they get their treat. I have never heard of any other part of the country or MIssouri for that matter requiring that and I like to think that it evolved from the pranks depicted in the movie, and in Benson’s book.

    • Aw, thanks so much for your perspective. I’ve never been to St. Louis but Minnelli makes it look like a glittering jewel. Sad that a piece of history like Benson’s house is no longer around, but I’d love to get my hands on the book someday. Oh, if only we made kids work hard for Halloween candy today! Thanks so much for reading.

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