Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) was a Family - Musical Film directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens.
The film was based on the short stories 5135 Kensington written by Sally Benson published in The New Yorker and as a Novel (June 14, 1941 - May 23, 1942 (magazine) and 1942 (novel)).
Meet Me in St. Louis was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.
Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Cinematography||George Folsey||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Georgie Stoll||Nominated|
|Best Music - Song||Music and Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Irving Brecher, Fred F. Finklehoffe||Nominated|
The Saint: Mary Astor in "Meet Me In St. Louis"By Vanessa Buttino on May 2, 2013 From Stardust
The Saint: Mary Astor in "Meet Me In St. Louis" The Smith House at 5135 Kensington Ave, St. Louis When I was around the age of 13 or so, I desperately wanted to live in the Smith household. Full of jolly family members, a crotchety old maid, and lovely Victorian decor, the Smith house conj... Read full article
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John Truett: This is a fine going away present I'm giving you for Christmas. I'll bet you really hate me.
Esther Smith: Oh, no, John, I don't hate you! I just hate basketball!
Grandpa: Excuse me, young man, but in the great country of China, when a stranger admires one of your possessions, it's common courtesy to offer it to him.
Kid at the ball: That's very interesting...
Grandpa: Well I spent many years in China, and if you want me to feel thoroughly at home, you might offer me your partner.
Kid at the ball: Huh?
Grandpa: Spoken like a true gentleman.
Mrs. Anna Smith: Sure, don't mind what happens to your family. At a time like this you think about the chickens.
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Van Johnson and Robert Walker were considered for the role of John Truett
The street on which the Smith home stood was built specifically for "Meet Me in St. Louis." Located on MGM's vast Backlot #3 that was at Jefferson and Overland Boulevards in Culver City,it was known at the studio as "St. Louis Street" and all of the houses that were on it were used in various film and television shows throughout the next 27 years, until Lot 3 was demolished to make way for an apartment and condominium project. Even in 1970, the last year of Lot 3's existence, the Smith home still looked like it did in 1944, minus the set dressings, of course.
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