Meet Me in St. Louis (Special Edition)

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Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and held for ransom), the result was the charming valentine-card musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The plot hinges on the possibility that Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), the family's banker father, might uproot the Smiths to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther (Judy Garland)'s romance with boy-next-door John Truett (Tom Drake) and causing similar emotional trauma for the rest of the household. In a cast that includes Mary Astor as Ames' wife, Lucille Bremer as another Ames daughter, and Marjorie Main as the housekeeper, the most fascinating character is played by 6-year-old Margaret O'Brien. As kid sister Tootie, O'Brien seems morbidly obsessed with death and murder, burying her dolls, "killing" a neighbor at Halloween (she throws flour in the flustered man's face on a dare), and maniacally bludgeoning her snowmen when Papa announces his plans to move to New York. Margaret O'Brien won a special Oscar for her remarkable performance, prompting Lionel Barrymore to grumble "Two hundred years ago, she would have been burned at the stake!" The songs are a heady combination of period tunes and newly minted numbers by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, the best of which are The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. As a bonus, Meet Me in St. Louis is lensed in rich Technicolor, shown to best advantage in the climactic scenes at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

All-new 60th anniversary digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements, New introduction by Liza Minnelli, Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.0 as well as original mono, Music-only audio track (without vocals), Two behind-the-scenes documentaries: "The Making of an American Classic" (narrated by Roddy McDowell) and the Emmy-winning 1972 TV special "Hollywood: The Dream Factory" (narrated by Dick Cavett), Turner Classic Movies special "Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland" (1996), Audio commentary by Judy Garland biographer John Fricke with Margaret O'Brien, composer Hugh Martin, screenwriter Irving Brecher, and Barbara Freed-Saltzman (daughter of producer Arthur Freed), Vintage musical shorts, Photo re-creation of deleted song "Boys and Girls Like You and Me", TV series pilot episode (1966), Radio show (1946 Lux Radio Theater broadcast), Vincente Minnelli trailer gallery, Stills gallery.

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About this item

Sally Benson's short stories about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis were tackled by a battalion of MGM screenwriters, who hoped to find a throughline to connect the anecdotal tales. After several false starts (one of which proposed that the eldest Smith daughter be kidnapped and held for ransom), the result was the charming valentine-card musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The plot hinges on the possibility that Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames), the family's banker father, might uproot the Smiths to New York, scuttling his daughter Esther (Judy Garland)'s romance with boy-next-door John Truett (Tom Drake) and causing similar emotional trauma for the rest of the household. In a cast that includes Mary Astor as Ames' wife, Lucille Bremer as another Ames daughter, and Marjorie Main as the housekeeper, the most fascinating character is played by 6-year-old Margaret O'Brien. As kid sister Tootie, O'Brien seems morbidly obsessed with death and murder, burying her dolls, "killing" a neighbor at Halloween (she throws flour in the flustered man's face on a dare), and maniacally bludgeoning her snowmen when Papa announces his plans to move to New York. Margaret O'Brien won a special Oscar for her remarkable performance, prompting Lionel Barrymore to grumble "Two hundred years ago, she would have been burned at the stake!" The songs are a heady combination of period tunes and newly minted numbers by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, the best of which are The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. As a bonus, Meet Me in St. Louis is lensed in rich Technicolor, shown to best advantage in the climactic scenes at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

All-new 60th anniversary digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements, New introduction by Liza Minnelli, Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.0 as well as original mono, Music-only audio track (without vocals), Two behind-the-scenes documentaries: "The Making of an American Classic" (narrated by Roddy McDowell) and the Emmy-winning 1972 TV special "Hollywood: The Dream Factory" (narrated by Dick Cavett), Turner Classic Movies special "Becoming Attractions: Judy Garland" (1996), Audio commentary by Judy Garland biographer John Fricke with Margaret O'Brien, composer Hugh Martin, screenwriter Irving Brecher, and Barbara Freed-Saltzman (daughter of producer Arthur Freed), Vintage musical shorts, Photo re-creation of deleted song "Boys and Girls Like You and Me", TV series pilot episode (1966), Radio show (1946 Lux Radio Theater broadcast), Vincente Minnelli trailer gallery, Stills gallery.

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Starring: Henry Daniels, Jr., Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, Donald Curtis, Leonard Walker, June Lockhart, Joan Carroll, Victor Cox, Victor Kilian, Lucille Bremer, Mayo Newhall, Darryl Hickman, Mary Astor, Ken Wilson, Sam Harris, Leon Ames, Chill Wills, Buddy Gorman, Robert Sully, Helen Gilbert, Robert E. O'Connor, Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Jo Ellis, Belle Mitchell, Harry Davenport, Hugh Marlowe
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Studio Name: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: 04/06/2004
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Run Time (in minutes): 113 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital Mono
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8
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judy's finest
2/15/2009

Customer review by mini37

5.0 stars 2/15/2009 by mini37
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i am a HUGE judy garland fan and while i adore her other films, i simply LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. it's one of my favorite movies of all time and now i get to watch it whenever i want! i would definitely reommend this movie to whoever enjoys musicals of any kind because it's clearly a classic =).

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Meet me in St. Louis DVD
2/28/2009

Customer review by chocoholic17

5.0 stars 2/28/2009 by chocoholic17
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The DVD movie Meet me in St. Louis is one of the best musicals around. The sound of both the music and the voices in the dialogue are very clear as well as the colorful picture that comes to life on screen. I would recommend this movie to people who enjoy musicals.

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One of My All-Time Favorites
5/15/2011

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5.0 stars 5/15/2011 by ClassicsGirl
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I've loved this movie ever since I first saw it at 8 years old. This DVD has great special features and the movie itself looks wonderful and the sound is also great. The documentaries on the special features are very interesting, as well. A GREAT buy!

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It arrived in good shape.
2/23/2011

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5.0 stars 2/23/2011 by An anonymous customer
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I bought a DVD - Meet Me In St. Louie but I haven't had time to look at it yet.

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wonderful product
10/13/2008

Customer review by padme613

5.0 stars 10/13/2008 by padme613
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I love this movie and it is a classic. One of Judy Garland's best. The kids will love this movie.

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