Okay so I wrote this review for my film class in school but then realized I misread the assignment and had to start over. Her acting reached its zenith in the scene where she destroys the carefully made snowmen in her yard and in the Halloween scene where she is induced to play a practical joke on a neighbor the rest of the kids regard as scary. My best thing in life is my little beagle girl,Sissy. Actors will be seen in order of arrival. When the Father is requested to move to New York permanently with his job, the rest of the family are not that keen to leave their memories and their beloved home in St.
Louis considers moving to New York, but decides against it. Her number with Judy Garland, Under The Bamboo Tree is a gem. All of which were major hits and remain as favorites to lots of us today. It's still fun, in a brainless sort of way. She sure was a ham in her child acting career in the 1940s. It has been sung a thousand times by a thousand artists, but no one could ever capture the heartfelt emotion expressed by Judy Garland.
A fictional family slice of life movie with O'Brien is Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, also starring Edward G. The Smith family is made up of the father Leon Ames , the mother Mary Astor , the grandfather Harry Davenport , the son Henry Daniel Jr. There is more humor and more pathos. She helped the filmmakers get all of the period details right, from the clothes to the sets. It reminds me of all the old Indiana homes that still stand. Esther and John are now both obviously interested in each other. Looking for a very diverse cast.
Esther and Tootie gaze at the snowmen which they will have to abandon in the yard, and we know without any dialogue to help us that the eastward migration isn't going to happen. This is not an easy thing to do, and for all I can recall, Minnelli was the first to master it. Now I know why she was one of the most beloved child stars in America. Movie musicals don't get any better than this! State Fair has a stronger story line, and a more elaborate, expressive dance number choreographed by Hermes Pan, during the Iowa song. We're not moving to New York. Hi Richard- I beg to differ, the 1893 Columbian Exposition World's Fair in Chicago was the best fair ever, lol! The Palace of Electricity, marking this Fair the first ever to be lite by Electric Lights. They all live in a palatial mansion, wear all the latest fashions and generally live lives that few of us could imagine.
This was the largest Worlds Fair to date. It's pretty detailed so I figured I'd post it here. They are all semi-autobiographical stories of family life, far more interesting and better acted. To say I was deflated when I read that it was just a set on the backlot, and torn down as well, is an understatement!! Judy Garland is, as you would expect, excellent but she doesn't seem to have quite enough help. Some of the songs in the film are from around the time of the St Louis Exposition. Not only is he overrun by females in the house, but he's constantly put down, stifled, criticized, and left out of important family discussions.
It's based on Sally Benson's actual recollections of growing up in St. Garland plays the second eldest of the four Smith girls, Esther. It is too bad that most of the buildings were made of plaster as I am sure they were quite the sight to see! I love this one, despite the sadness, because there were so many famous moments I was taught as a kid and looked forward to seeing for the first time onscreen after years of build-up. . Now, nearly 20 years past, I look more at the nuances and subtleties of the performances and direction in a movie that seems easy to characterize as sentimental. For even though the catastrophe! Rose doesn't want to be the laughing stock of the dance, but Esther thinks it's a fine idea. Louis in the months leading up to the 1904 World's Fair in St.
What a fun, charming, movie. She had all the fears and trepidations of a child growing up and not wanting to leave all she's known and loved in St. It's one of those Golden Age classics that always repays a return viewing and its naysayers are in a rather lonely minority, in my opinion. Now I can come here and look at it. And yet, even with a story that isn't all that meaningful, this is an easy movie to watch and enjoy.
Yes, Tom Drake was a bit wan as Judy's love interest but everyone else in the cast, maybe even including the too-glamorous Lucille Bremer, are just right, especially the inimitable Marjorie Main. It was one of many Worlds Fairs that were frequently occurring in the 19th Century, the most notable previous ones in the U. Louis, Missouri in the year leading up to the 1904. Louis The backdrop for Meet Me in St. This film was beautifully filmed. After being rescued by Grandpa, Esther is overjoyed when John unexpectedly turns up after somehow managing to obtain a tuxedo, and the pair dance together for the rest of the evening. I hope you have enjoyed this little journey, back in time, to the 1904 Worlds Fair.
The storyline is really about the whole Smith family, based on an actual family who lived in St. The film ends that night with the entire family including John, Lucille, and Warren overlooking the Grand Lagoon at the center of the World's Fair just as thousands of lights illuminate the grand pavilions. For those who complain that this film is some kind of idealized or fantasized representation of life in America, I say read the book. On the other hand, The Trolley Song is great fun, but the words are glaringly inconsistent with what you see on the screen. Some people love this movie, and these are probably why.
Perhaps it was her hairdo, which made the shape of her head look too triangular. In the words of one of the gentlemen, it is a ginger-peachy show. My parents knew of the 1939 one in Chicago, I believe. But in it's day it was an exciting place and it was a very successful world's fair. She tends to look up to her sister Rose and clings to her in time of trouble. Davenport spices the film particularly at the Christmas dance scene, where he rescues Garland , and Main has her normal salty comments about the activities around her. The song and the fair were focal points of the ,.