Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Judy Garland has some of the most memorable scenes in movie history! Judy Sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as a sad, sad reminder that her family will be moving to New York.  When I first saw this movie, I was surprised that it was a HOLIDAY movie, a Christmas movie, because one wouldn’t know from the title.

This movie has incredible costumes, color is everywhere from the houses, to the horse and buggy, to the businesses.  This movie makes you yearn for a more glamorous time and also a more simpler time where families really do bond and spend a lot of time together.

This is one of the greatest musicals ever made.  See Judy Garland in her prime with great performances of “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

This movie was a box office smash, breaking records at the time, rivaling Gone with the Wind.

THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
Boy, so many great performances in this movie.

Judy Garland, this is her greatest performance in a movie since “The Wizard of Oz.”  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” originated here, and has become a classic christmas anthem. It has been sung a thousand times by a thousand artists, but no one could ever capture the heartfelt emotion expressed by Judy Garland in this movie. The song will bring tears to your eyes as you listen to her sing the song to little Tootie, trying to cheer her up but doing a terrible job of it.

The funnest song in the history of movies is “The Trolley Song” – you will have a ball watching it, and have a ball singing it to yourself in the shower.  The fact that this scene was done in ONE TAKE is amazing.  Just imagine how hard it would be to do this scene as perfectly as it turned out.

The song “You and I” performed by Mary Astor and Leon Ames is truly magnificent.  Just a wonderfully delightful performance with Him as the piano and Her shadowing him over his shoulder.  Great harmonies.

THE DIRECTOR
Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland met on this movie, and married soon afterwards. Minnelli is one of my favorite directors.  He has a way with the camera especially in capturing a moment in a memorable way.  This movie is in Color, and boy does he love to showcase a lot of color in this movie.

SUMMARY
Judy Garland never looked better in a movie, she is only 22 years old when she made this movie, and it really feels like she is having a lot of fun in this one.  This heartwarming musical is a movie you will never tire of, it is one to watch at least once every year at Christmas (if not more often than that!).  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Todd Morgan
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