Film of the Day: Meet Me in St Louis (1944)

Meet me in st louis
Margaret O’Brien and Judy Garland are star sisters. Photo: MGM

In this beloved seasonal musical, we follow the lives of the Smith family in St. Louis, Missouri as they prepare for the upcoming 1904 Louisiana Purchase World’s Fair. 

Judy Garland takes the lead as Esther Smith, as well as the lead vocals for several unforgettable numbers, including ‘Meet Me in St Louis, Louis’, ‘Trolley Song’, ‘The Boy Next Door’ and of course, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’

The film is drenched with the tenderness and careful charm of family life around the changing of the year, and a sometimes-surreal nostalgia that makes this Vincent Minnelli’s most enduring film. 

Meet Me in St Louis – Christmas Day at 12.50pm on BBC Two