Though Vincent Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis was set at the turn of the century, there was much in the film that translated to its 1944 audience. As World War II continued to rage on, the movie brought tremendous comfort by showing an idealized America and a family sticking together through a period of love and loss. Obviously, with our country's challenges over the past few years, this message resonates strongly with today's audience as well. The timeless standard "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" made its debut in St. Louis sung by a luminous 21-year-old Judy Garland (in costumes by Irene Sharaff). It is an especially poignant moment in the movie...when Esther (Judy) sings to her troubled younger sister Tootie (Margaret O'Brien), she sings to us all.
Merry Christmas everyone!