The 1944 musical “Meet Me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minnelli, will return to the big screen at Bainbridge Cinemas for a special 75th anniversary screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.farawayentertainment.com to learn more.
Divided into a series of seasonal vignettes, starting with Summer 1903, the film 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 stars Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Leon Ames, Marjorie Main, June Lockhart, and Joan Carroll.
The film was adapted by Irving Brecher and Fred F. Finklehoffe from a series of short stories by Sally Benson, originally published in The New Yorker magazine under the title “5135 Kensington” and later in novel form as “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
Minnelli met Garland on the set and later married her.
It was the second-highest grossing picture of the year, only behind “Going My Way.” In 1994, the film was deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
In the film, Garland debuted “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy Next Door,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” all of which became hits after it was released.