The incomparable Judy Garland was at the top of her form in “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), just four years after the triumph of “The Wizard of Oz.”
In “Meet Me in St. Louis,” Vincente Minnelli, soon to be Garland’s husband, captured a vivid portrait of the innocence of American life just after the turn of the century.
Taking place over the course of a year in St. Louis, the story shows Garland, along with her brother and three sisters, in the time leading up to the big 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
The surfaces are glistening and nostalgic, but there is an undercurrent of change going on in the country as well as within the family. The father has announced that he is accepting a promotion to New York City, and the teenage children find this a big disruption to their romantic stirrings.
The big screen sparkles with Technicolor and Garland delivers with songs such as “The Trolley Song” and “The Boy Next Door.” Marjorie Main is reliably comical as the family maid, and Margaret O’Brien excels as the impish little sister.
“Meet Me in St. Louis” plays on Thursday, March 13 at 7:00PM–all seats are $8.00. Moviegoers are advised to get advance tickets at the box office or online, as shows may sell out. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.
Have you tried The Scene? The Scene wine/food bar offers tempting food such as panini, snacks and salads–and they can all be brought to your seat in the theater.
Pre-show video. Produced by Michael DeWitt.