Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Judy Garland is one of the most iconic actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. She starred in The Wizard of Oz (1939) as Dorothy, and received an Oscar nomination for A Star is Born (1954). In-between those two cinematic triumphs, Garland appeared in a wide variety of projects ranging from musicals to comedies. One of her greatest roles in a musical was playing Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). It might not be as famous as The Wizard of Oz, but it is still a very delightful film filled with humor, music, and joy.

A Toast

The film contains one of the most famous musical numbers in cinematic history (and it was performed all in one take!). “The Trolley Song” might be a very simple song, but it is incredibly catchy (and even received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song”)! Other than the great music, this film delivers the fundamental theme about the importance of home since it involves the famous proverb that, “home is where the heart is”. This film is also great for the holidays even though a very small portion of the film takes place during the Christmas season. The song, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has stood the test of time as a holiday classic. Indeed, Meet Me in St. Louis is a remarkable musical because the music itself makes this film a seminal piece of filmmaking.

Verdict

Judy Garland might not have liked playing teenagers and young women as she became typecast after the success of The Wizard of Oz, but Garland really does have a wonderful singing voice. Her acting and singing abilities make her a very ideal choice for movie musicals. Meet Me in St. Louis is a very great title for this film because of how it showcases the greatness of St. Louis even though the Smith family debated about going to New York. Indeed, this film is a great example of how there really is no place like home, just like how Judy Garland’s Dorothy learned that lesson from her adventures in Oz.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: whenever the family members debate about the ketchup (i.e. Is it too sweet? Too sour? Too flat?)

Take a Drink: during every musical number

Drink a Shot: for all of the clanging of the trolley and the dinging of the bells

Have a Big Toast: as this film brings about holiday love and joy

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