Meet Me In St. Louis

I was only 4 years old when Mom and Dad took me to this movie. The movie is set in the early 1900's. How I loved the costumes of that era.

Many great songs were introduced but I chose the "Trolley Song" for my juke box. Give it a listen at the Jukebox link. I soon memorized the words and for weeks after our family saw the show, I belted out "The Trolley Song." "Skip to My Lou" was another song from the movie and I knew all of the verses. I also loved to sing the title song, "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie" and imagined myself a young Judy Garland.

About the movie from Wikipedia

Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 romantic musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of four sisters living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair in 1904.

The film was directed by Vincent Minnelli who met his future wife, Judy Garland, on the set.

It finished second to Gone With The Wind as the highest grossing picture of the year.

The cast of characters included Judy Garland as Esther Smith, Margaret O'Brien as Tootie Smith, Mary Astor as Mrs. Anna Smith, Marjorie Main as Katie (the maid) Harry Davenport as Grandpa, June Lockhart as Lucille Ballard.

About the Music from Wikipedia

The Title song and "Under the Bamboo Tree" were from around the time of the St. Louis Exposition in 1904.

Two songs written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane in 1944 for the movie were debuted in the movie and were a hit before the movie was ever released. They were ""The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and sung by Judy Garland.

Margaret O'Brien performed the song "I Was Drunk Last Night, Dear Mother".

Other songs from the musical score are "The Boy Next Door", "Skip to My Lou", "Over the Banister Leans a Face", "You and I" along with instrumentals "Home! Sweet Home!", "Auld Lang Syne", and "The First Noel".