Meet Me in St.Louis (1944) @ Sunday, January 31, 2016

Look at that bow! Hats, I love them!

With no internet at the boarding house, and limited books (more are coming soon from the library) its a great time to catch up on all those classic movies, on the list, like Meet Me in St Louis, with Judy Garland. The story's lovely much like the amazing set and fun costumes, particularly the hats! The Halloween story is a bit wtf though...

 Meet Me in St. Louis is a musical film made by MGM released in 1944. Divided into a series of seasonal vignettes, starting with Summer 1903, it relates the story of a year in the life of the Smith family in St. Louis, leading up to the opening of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (more commonly referred to as the World's Fair) in the spring of 1904.

It's a delightful, classic, picture-postcard Americana, and romanticized musical film - and one of the greatest musicals ever made. 72 years after it was made it's still being watched and talked about, while most old film lie forgotten in the attic. 

It tells the story of a turn-of-the-century family in suburban, midwestern St. Louis of 1903, who live in a stylish Edwardian home at 5135 Kensington Avenue. The city, and the well-to-do Smith family (with four beautiful daughters), is on the verge of hosting (and celebrating) the arrival of the spectacular 1904 World's Fair. However, the family's head of the house is beckoned to New York due to a job promotion - an uprooting move that threatens to indelibly change the lives of the family members forever.

What a beautiful house! And setting, the town, dresses and colours. 

There's one phone in the house, and calling from NY is expensive!

Lovely dressing gown, the purple one's very pretty. 

An interesting dress that reminds me of english school uniforms. :P This would be very cute in pastel colours on a small child, with a straw boater hat! I'm not sure about the outer layer being shorter than the white one though. 

Look at that hand writing! Why don't we write like that anymore?

A party at the house, my kind of party!

I do like the dress, it looks like something off a runway. Dry clean only of course.

The famous trolley light rail/tram song! Look at those hats!

Corsets were in.

And so were dance cards, we have those at work. The winter ball's lovely! Though devious plans are abandoned and Ester ends up with the crappy dance card, intended for her brother's beau. But luckily grandpa comes to the rescue!

A dressing gown/night dress, the hair reminds me of Dorothy/Wiz of Oz. 

There's the first showing of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” 

Victorian, Second Empire, distinguished by its characteristic mansard roof and dormer windows. I do love beautiful homes! You'll see this one throughout the seasons.

Lovely white dresses!

120% Lace!

I love all the details. They're off to the world fair, which is a show.

That veil is a great way to keep your hat on!

At first I thought they were off to a wedding! As I don't think anyone normally wears that much white! Other than to the white ball. High necklines, mother approves.

Even the little girls, often seen as miniature adults (earlier on) were dresses well. Tootie, the one on the right is the only survivor, everyone else died. It's a bit scary when you realize no matter how rich or beautiful you are, you'll die.

Judy Garland is stunningly beautiful, and it's a classic musical I'd highly recommend! 

Sadly Judy Garland had a short career, compared to those who you could find in black in white films and are still around today e.g. Maggie Smith & Julie Andrews. She had about three marriages and died of drug overdose at the age of 47. 

Have you seen 'Meet me in St Louis' or any other classics?

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