in about 100 words or less
US 112m, Colour
Director: Vincente Minnelli; Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main
Set against the backdrop of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, Meet Me in St. Louis is a schmaltzy romantic musical comedy about an idyllic American family whose brightly costumed happiness is nearly threatened by a missed long distance phone call, only to be realized when papa announces plans to move the family to New York. Standing above this wholesome melodrama is Margaret O’Brien’s remarkable performance as the terrifying “Tootie”, Garland’s six year old co-star who steals practically every scene with lines like “it will take me at least week to dig up all my dolls from the cemetery”. Unfortunately, the family gets to realize their dreams and dead playthings remain buried forever (Klaus Ming January 2014).