A sweet plot following the life of a St Louis family on the eve of the World Fair. Judy Garland led the cast, but Margarent O'Brien, as the youngest sister Tootie, received equal acclaim and was awarded Outstanding Child Actress of 1944. It's the relationship between these two characters that makes the film so engaging, and when Garland sings 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' to O'Brien (the song's debut on film) you can't help but shed a tear!
It was on the set of 'Meet Me in St Louis' that Judy Garland met and came to marry director Vincente Minnelli, and their romance is demonstrated by the camera's focus on her.
'Meet Me in St Louis' is representative of many films made during the war in that the family are proud of, and loyal to their home town, and have strong family ties. It looks back on a time of excitement at the start of a new century, and the Fair which celebrated industry and arts.
Altogether a charming film and a great showpiece for Garland.