Turner Classic Movies or TCM is airing Meet Me in St. Louis on Sunday, December 16.
Here is the synopsis from TV Guide: “A Valentine to the good old days, and all they stood for. Near-peak Judy Garland under the stylish direction of her future husband, Vincente Minnelli, in this wonderful period musical. It opens in 1903 in St. Louis, where Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), a well-to-do businessman, lives with his wife (Mary Astor), daughters (Garland, Lucille Bremer, Joan Carroll, and Margaret O’Brien), son (Hank Daniels), capricious Grandpa (Harry Davenport), and maid (Marjorie Main). Daughter Rose (Bremer) is courted by one beau at home and corresponds with another away at college, while Esther (Garland) becomes engaged to the new boy next door. Little sisters Agnes (Joan Carroll) and Tootie (Margaret O’Brien) represent the timeless mischief of childhood. Trouble arises when Alonzo is promoted and ordered to New York, a move no one in the family wants to make. This is a peerless portrayal of America at the turn of the century and one family’s struggles to deal with progress, symbolized by the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis (beautifully re-created for the film). Minnelli proves his eye for detail and captures the era and its values in richly colored, gentle images, displaying a startling balance of emotions from scene to scene, song to song. Among the songs included in this triumph of Americana are “The Boy Next Door,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” the marvelous production number “The Trolley Song,” and Garland’s evergreen “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. An almost unbeatable musical.”
Meet Me In St. Louis is one of my favorite Judy Garland films. I first seen it over forty years ago and have been enchanted by its story of family and the wonderful songs ever since. As a lover of classic MCM movies, Meet Me In St. Louis echoes back to a long ago time when Hollywood really knew how to make spectacular musicals. These movies had simple stories, heartwarming messages and unforgettable songs. No matter how many times I see Meet Me In St. Louis, I’m transported back to my childhood and the first time I saw it.
Meet Me In St. Louis airs Sunday, December 16 at 8/7c on Turner Classic Movies.
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