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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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USA | 113 min | DVD | Dir. Vincente Minnelli

Meet Me in St. Louis" is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love -- accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor -- conquers all.

"The casting is flawless, starting with Leon Ames as the gruff, devoted Edwardian paterfamilias and Mary Astor as mother. Judy Garland has never been more spirited or more poignant ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is up there with "Over the Rainbow" and "The Man That Got Away")." -Philip French (The Guardian)

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