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I just turned on "Meet Me in St. Louis" and it was the Trolley Song scene

Was it some kind of gay universal karma at work?

Also, did Judy Garland's character actually think those blue gloves went with a tartan plaid skirt?

by Anonymousreply 17611/29/2014

Funny...I did the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 112/11/2010

The gloves and skirt were a nice juxtaposition for Technicolor.

by Anonymousreply 212/11/2010

[quote]Also, did Judy Garland's character actually think those blue gloves went with a tartan plaid skirt?

Have you ever seen a homeless drunkard's attire?

by Anonymousreply 312/11/2010

>>>You're a dumb-ass, [r3]

by Anonymousreply 412/11/2010

Tom Drake is dreamy. I understand Judy ravished him the very first day they met on the set, but it didn't pan out, thus Vincente. It's so unfair that Drake went on to become the neglected "other man", and quite an alcoholic, to some other gay star.

by Anonymousreply 512/11/2010

Well now I feel rotten I started my own thread without looking thoroughly! Can someone tell me the name for that thing Judy is wearing around her head and then unbuttons and removes while she sings HYAMLC? Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 612/11/2010

I was once having a terrible nightmare and woke up with a start, and I put on the TV to get my mind off the dream and it was right as the trolley song was about to begin. It must have been the work of my gay guardian angel.

by Anonymousreply 712/11/2010

When little Margaret O'Brien takes a baseball bat to all the snowmen in the backyard that has to be one of the Top 5 most hilarious moments in cinema.

by Anonymousreply 812/11/2010

It looked like a sequined headscarf to me, R6

by Anonymousreply 1012/11/2010

It's really just a beaded scarf with a button at the chin, don't know if there's a real name fo it, R6. I think those are glass beads (maybe crystal).%0D %0D Sure is a pretty thing.

by Anonymousreply 1112/11/2010

When Judy was lucid, she was able to film even complex scenes in one take. I believe "Get Happy" was also an example of this.

by Anonymousreply 1212/11/2010

It's called a "fascinator", r6.

by Anonymousreply 1312/11/2010

I wish Liza would reprise her mother's role as Esther in a musical update of what became of the family.

by Anonymousreply 1412/11/2010

r8 that scene is cinema gold

by Anonymousreply 1512/11/2010

R12 "Get Happy" is no where near one take. There are cuts all the way through it. Chuck Walters wasn't good enough to film anything that way.

Minnelli, on the other hand, was phenomenal with a camera boom. Judy's Madame Crematante ("Great Lady has an Interview") from Ziegfeld Follies is the ultimate. It's about 10 minutes long with only six edits in the entire thing, and NONE after Judy starts her rap/song. Every change in visual perspective during the number is due to Minnelli's camera movement.

by Anonymousreply 1712/11/2010

The costumes for the film were designed by the great (and gay!) Irene Sharaff who was not only a major contributor to The Freed Unit at MGM (including An American in Paris) but also designed both the Broadway and film versions of West Side Story, The King and I and Funny Girl as well as Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?%0D %0D So I wouldn't question any of her decisons on Meet Me in Saint Louis, OP.%0D %0D Irene Sharaff was NOT the same Irene who was credited by just her first name and was head of the Wardrobe Dept. at MGM but tended to design more mundane fare (and was straight and committed suicide).

by Anonymousreply 1812/11/2010

Vincente filmed her in "frames" for the entire movie. Window frames, door frames. The cinematography was a valentine to Judy in this movie. Minnelli made her look beautiful for the first time on film (according to her and she did really never look better except, perhaps, in The Clock OR Presenting Lily Mars).

by Anonymousreply 1912/11/2010

Esther Smith chose those gloves and that skirt, r18, not some nobody named Irene Sharaff. I don't even remember a character named Irene in the movie at all, unless you're talking about the frau in the chartruse coat with pink buttons who is always lurking around in that scene.

by Anonymousreply 2012/12/2010

"I'm thinking Esther slipped her a mickey while she sang "HYAMLC.""

It's not as though Judy wasn't carrying.

by Anonymousreply 2112/12/2010

That's not a fascinator, THIS is a fascinator.

by Anonymousreply 2212/12/2010

Goodness, R18, I think I'm in love with you.

by Anonymousreply 2312/12/2010

during Trolley Song, there is a hot to death cute gay boy behind Judy in a few shots.....forget about the boy next door, how can I ignore HIM?

by Anonymousreply 2412/12/2010

In spite of Vincente Minnelli's and Arhtur Freed's adoration of Irene Sharaff, Louis B Mayer hated the scrupulous period detail in her costuming and often insisted she glamorize his leading ladies at the cost of historic reality. So Judy's clothes are actually far more theatricalized than Mary Astor's and some of the other ladies in the film.

by Anonymousreply 2512/12/2010

Judy was sewing her pills into the hems of her costumes in this movie.

by Anonymousreply 2612/12/2010

R22, you beat me to it...a "fascinator" must have feathers involved, and you showed a perfect example of one...Aunt Eller has a line in "Oklahoma!" when, with the prospect of all those hunky cowmen and farmers at the box social that night, replys "I think I'll wear my fascinator!" while rolling her eyes.... As far as Irene, the costume designer in Hollywood goes, she was married to Cedric Gibbons, the MGM Art Director, and had a wonderful afternoon she laid out all her sketches around their apartment, left a note saying "find someone good to design" and jumped out the window..... Horray for Hollywood....

by Anonymousreply 2712/12/2010

r25 is correct. A perfect example of this is the simple, elegant red velvet gown that Esther wears at the dance. No adornments, no fru fru, no rick rack, no lace, no sequins. SIMPLE. NOT period appropriate, either. Ballgowns at the turn of the century were gathered, flounced, adorned and much "busier" than Judy's gown. The costume is a simple thing that probably no one other than a costume designer or one interested in period/Hollywood costume would notice.

by Anonymousreply 2812/12/2010

Sorry 22 and 27, but that is a modern day version of a fascinator. In Victorian and Edwardian times a fascinator was a knitted head scarf that generally fastened in front. There are hundreds of patterns from Victorian publications for ladies to make these themselves.

Google "fascinator scarf" and you should get some hits showing these.

by Anonymousreply 2912/12/2010

Had to see what you poofs were on about.

Here is a picture of a facscinator, and a little bit of history. Seems R29 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 3012/12/2010

Poor, cute Tom Drake. He had to please the druggie, pushy, needy leading lady by sleeping with her.

And you know Judy had one of the hairiest pussies in Hollywood. How awkward for a gay man to have to pretend to be interested in that.

Well, unless he was her husband, of course . . .

by Anonymousreply 3112/12/2010

How do we know she had one of the hairiest pussies in Hollywood?%0D %0D Link, please.

by Anonymousreply 3212/12/2010

R32: Don't ask for things that will terrorize you until the day you die.

by Anonymousreply 3312/12/2010

[quote]When little Margaret O'Brien takes a baseball bat to all the snowmen in the backyard that has to be one of the Top 5 most hilarious moments in cinema.

Margaret O'Brien comes dangerously close to stealing the show from Garland. Close, I said. But no cigar, of course.

by Anonymousreply 3412/12/2010

Interesting info about those knitted fascinators but I would have thought that all that woolen yarn on one's hair would kill the shape of any pretty hairdo. Thank goodness for the invention of the nylon kerchief!

by Anonymousreply 3512/12/2010

R34, I don't think she comes close to stealing it because she comes across like a trained animal, i.e. interesting for a trick now and then but, in terms of emotional impact, not nearly as powerful, for example, as Judy singing the shit out of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

by Anonymousreply 3612/12/2010

That woolen yarn was pretty light, actually. They would have used what's called "fingering weight" yarn. Also, Victorians used oils and what we would consider hair gels to set those creations in place to the point where a gale force wind wouldn't dislodge so much as a hair. Google "pomade".

by Anonymousreply 3712/12/2010

Did Esther's brother Lon get it on with the boy next door? They would have made a cute couple.

by Anonymousreply 3812/12/2010

Great point about Judy's ball gown, r25. But since that is one of my favorite movie costumes of all time, I can't argue with Sharaff/Minnelli/Mayer's decision to bypass historical reality in favor of a stunning, timeless dress.

by Anonymousreply 3912/12/2010

"I understand Judy ravished him the very first day they met on the set, but it didn't pan out."%0D %0D I doubt seriously that Judy "ravished him the very first day they met on the set." They supposedly dated, but briefly. And of course "it didn't pan out." Drake was gay as a goose. So was Minnelli, but Drake obviously had the good sense not to get seriously involved with the pill-poppin' Judy.

by Anonymousreply 4012/12/2010

Didn't Sharaff also design Streisand's "Hello Dolly" costumes? I loved the "Parade Passes By" purple dress --

by Anonymousreply 4112/12/2010

I read that Judy and Drake tried to have sex on the first day they met but Drake was unable to rise to occasion and a miffed Judy gave him the cold shoulder throughout the rest of the shoot. Drake was already known as a heavy drinker and was known for the spectacles he'd make of himself at parties. I really think he tried to have successful intercourse with Judy. Poor guy.

by Anonymousreply 4212/12/2010

I think Judy eventually forgave him because they supposedly reunited on one of her tv shows.

by Anonymousreply 4312/12/2010

Drake was a talented actor. Cute and sexy with a deep rich whiskey voice. He appeared sad and almost embarrassed at the 1974 That's Entertainment premiere, though, all those years later. I guess it's because he was an alcoholic and gay and his career never went where the other "big" stars went who were there. He never had much sustained high profile success in films or television. Then again, neither did some of the others who were there, either, other than their MGM work. For many performers, that was the pinnacle of their careers.%0D %0D I remember seeing the footage of that reunion photo they took of everyone as they walked out on the stage and took their place for the shot. They had to coax Drake to come up out of the audience, as if he didn't think he belonged up there. Hell, Drake is part of MGM's permanent history if ONLY for the boy next door. He was in a lot of films and even co-starred with Mickey Rooney in Words and Music. He BELONGED there. It was rather poignant to see him be so reticent about getting up there with the others.

by Anonymousreply 4412/12/2010

Irene Sharaff did indeed design Streisand's costumes for Hello, Dolly. I believe she's credited as designing all the costumes but actually only did the star's, which to me, at least, is very obvious.

by Anonymousreply 4512/12/2010

I'll have Warren Sheffield, please. Oh that dark, wavy hair...

by Anonymousreply 4612/12/2010

I love the take on the film in the book [italic]1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die[/italic] - and it sort of bounces off what R16 joked about above. Here's a couple of passages from the book . . .%0D %0D "Vincente Minnelli's [italic]Meet Me in St. Louis[/italic] is one of the most unusual and highly charged musicals in Hollywood history. It blends the two genres at which Minnelli was most adept - musical and melodrama - and even, in its darkest moments (such as a sequence devoted to Halloween terrors), edges toward being a horror movie. It is also a film that, then as now, offers itself up to be read in starkly contrasting ways: either as a perfectly innocent and naive celebration of traditional values, or else a brooding meditation on everything that tears the family unit apart from within. Put another way: Is it comforting 'safety valve' entertainment that admits to just enough that is problematic in order to smooth out and reinforce the status quo, or is it - almost despite itself - a subversive gesture at the heart of the Hollywood system, a howl of unrepressed rage like Tootie's slaughter of imaginary snow people?"%0D %0D "Beneath the elegant display of filmic style and the civilized veneer of manners, it is only Tootie who can express emotions that are savage and untamed - as her 'exotica' duet with Judy, 'Under the Bamboo Tree,' jovially indicates."

by Anonymousreply 4712/12/2010

If you like-a me%0D Like I like-a you%0D And we like-a both the same....

by Anonymousreply 4812/13/2010

Plus the audience knew that the family would probably lose someone in WWI, the 1918 flu epidemic, then in 20 years the family would be hit by the Great Depression and then WWII.

by Anonymousreply 4912/13/2010

I always hated the fact that Tootie was considered to be just a lively, mischievious child when it was obvious she was just plain nuts. Her psychotic breakdown towards the end of the movie where she beheads the snow people in the yard (who represent her family!) is ghastly, and those guttural, animalistic noises she makes while Esther is trying to calm her down sound like something you'd hear in the "criminally insane" section of a lunatic asylum.

by Anonymousreply 5012/13/2010

[quote]And you know Judy had one of the hairiest pussies in Hollywood.

She wishes!

by Anonymousreply 5112/13/2010

r47, that description is why the movie is classic and timeless, despite the time period in which it occurs. It touches on deep psychological and all too human aspects of behavior that are ever present. The happy family facade (or ANY facade) and what lies beneath. The fact that the characters (like Tootie's scary outbursts) are all dolled up in a Valentine of Technicolor and flouncy turn- of-the-century costumes makes it all the more effective and always just a tad unsettling. That, plus what we know of Judy's turbulent personal life and how UNlike Esther Smith she "really" was make it for fascinating viewing.

by Anonymousreply 5212/13/2010

You must also see the film in the context of the time it was made: 1944, the darkest and scariest year of World War II, when Allied victory seemed almost impossible. That the film brought audience's back to a nostalgic, gorgeous and carefree time in American history (albeit earlier than many of them personally experienced) cannot be denied for its huge success.

by Anonymousreply 5312/13/2010

It's remarkable that MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is only Garland's third feature film appearance in Technicolor after OZ and the awful AS THOUSANDS CHEER.%0D %0D I wonder whether ZIEGFELD GIRL was intended to be in color.

by Anonymousreply 5412/13/2010

I didn't notice the gloves and skirt. I was too busy looking with horror at Miss Garland's hideous hair. It's square.

by Anonymousreply 5512/13/2010

Her hair actually looks sticky in that scene. In most of the movie she's lovely, but not in that scene. I don't understand the gloves, either. Even the fabric is wrong.

I live in St. Louis and when they were tearing the real house on Kensington Place down I drove over to take a brick. It was night and the neighbor came out to yell at me. All I could find was a broken one, but it's in my office. The house, of course, wasn't grand like the one in the movie.

The neighbor part was very funny, because of the "Boy Next Door" aspect. He was old, fat and seemed to lack most of his teeth by the slurring of his words. I explained what I was doing but he was too drunk to get it.

by Anonymousreply 5612/14/2010

Tom Drake was gay, you know.

by Anonymousreply 5704/10/2011

OP, saying "tartan plaid" is like saying "sherry wine" or "pancetta ham". Pick one word and stick with it.

by Anonymousreply 5804/10/2011

Well, you queens could play all you want with Esther's fascinator if you had this:

by Anonymousreply 5904/10/2011

One of my favorite details is the consistency of the ice cream everyone is eating after the big dinner table fight scene. I imagine homemade ice cream never got as rock solid as the ice cream in industrial freezers gets today. Look at everyone's ice cream, it's more than a bit soupy, like ice cream you might churn at home....or maybe it was just the hot lights.

by Anonymousreply 6004/10/2011

I'm the only one in the world who doesn't like this movie. I'd rather watch Judy in The Clock or A Star is Born.

by Anonymousreply 6104/10/2011

Ice cream was simulated with mashed potatoes and food coloring in olden movies. We covered this in another thread.

by Anonymousreply 6204/10/2011

Tom Drake died of pneumonia at age 64 in 1982. Was it AIDS related?

by Anonymousreply 6304/10/2011

Minelli was such a master. I watched "Father of the Bride" and "Some Came Running" last week, and they're both beautifully made. Odd that "On a Clear Day" was such dreck.

by Anonymousreply 6404/10/2011

IMDB says he died of lung cancer.

by Anonymousreply 6504/10/2011

spam button for r66

by Anonymousreply 6704/10/2011

They ran an old interview of Hugh Martin after he died. He said that the costume for the Trolley Song inspired some of the lyrics.

She was fantastic and that movie and I think most of the musical numbers in those days were so well done. Usually in only a few takes with very little cutting, which required the performers to be fantastic. Also, frequently shot head to toe.

Unlike today's chop chop chop musical numbers which are an easy way to hide that the actor isn't can't sing or dance more than 2 seconds at a time.

by Anonymousreply 6804/10/2011

Except that Esther isn't wearing a high-starched collar and her hair isn't piled high upon her head. Can't vouch for the high-topped shoes, one way or the other, however.

by Anonymousreply 6904/10/2011

There was a Trollish scene in Meet Me in St Louis?

by Anonymousreply 7004/11/2011

I hated Hollywood movies that were trying to be set in a certain period. Even if it was set in medieval times they still had those 40-50's hairstyles. Totally incongruous.

by Anonymousreply 7104/11/2011

Sharaff was an amazing designer, she did Barbra's costumes for Funny Girl to. Her girlfriend was a chinese princess and they had an amazing apartment in NY

Judy's wig was by Sydney Guillarof, he was the king of hair at MGM. Judy said the wig was so tight it made her head bleed!

by Anonymousreply 7204/11/2011

Judy was a horror show for Meet Me in St. Louis. She was hardly ever on-set and jumping out of her skin through most of the numbers.%0D %0D It's not one of her better movies.

by Anonymousreply 7304/11/2011

R73, post again when your meds kick in. "Not one of her better movies." "Hardly ever on set."%0D %0D R71, the worst example is June Allyson singing "Thou Swell" surrounded by two brylcreemed men dancing in medieval costumes.

by Anonymousreply 7404/11/2011

"Not one of her better movies"! Are you kidding!? This movie was wonderful all the way through! I loved every min of it. I also loved loved loved The Harvey Girls! I could watch and listen to Judy Garland all day every day. I have those movies and my granddaughters (3,6,9 and 13) have seen them over and over again. They ask me if they can watch them every time they come over.

by Anonymousreply 7512/21/2011

Was thinking about this movie earlier. Thanks for the reminder.

It's gonna be my last ditch effort to get in the holiday spirit.

by Anonymousreply 7612/21/2011

Shit, it's not stream-able.

by Anonymousreply 7712/21/2011

I think Tootie was meant to add an element of what used to be known as "black comedy" to the story so that it wouldn't come off as being too saccharine and nostalgic and goody-goody. Remember this was the era of Charles Addams and "Arsenic and Old Lace."

by Anonymousreply 7812/21/2011

Yes, Tootie is a VERY troubled child. The most amazing moment in the film is when she tries to derail a trolley full of people as a "prank," and then is only mildly scolded by her family. Talk about "the bad seed!"

by Anonymousreply 7912/21/2011

It's when I read threads like this, I think: "My people!"

Thank you for being you, Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 8012/21/2011

Odd. MMiSL shows how a family stays together, not how it falls apart.

The way they rally behind Rose when her dud of a call from New York finally comes through. Everyone doctoring the ketchup. The parents singing "You and I" (led by the Mother) while the family wanders back down the stairs after Father's devastating announcement about being moved.

So many examples of how the family can heal and survive the worst that fate has to offer.

Yeah, it's corny, but it's true.

by Anonymousreply 8112/21/2011

I mean, "To me, MMiSL shows how..."

by Anonymousreply 8212/21/2011

A lot of the musical numbers in those days were done in one long take or with only a few cuts. They were rehearsed for weeks and even the big numbers with lots of people in them were done with few cutaways. Judy was a brilliant performer when she was on.

For those who are obsessed, check out the EASTER PARADE DVD extras. They show multiple takes of a number that was cut from the movie. You can see how Judy was able to consistently deliver a spot on performance and hit all her marks on take after take.

by Anonymousreply 8312/21/2011

[quote]So many examples of how the family can heal and survive the worst that fate has to offer.

That and the Tootie aspect.

I actually found the movie quite progressive.

by Anonymousreply 8412/21/2011

The original author was the Agnes character. Most of her adventures in the book are taken away from her and re-assigned to Tootie in the film. Intentional or not it's kind of a neat touch that the writer in the family is the observer, not the primary participant in most of the action.

The real Smith actually ended up moving to NYC. They never did return to St. Louis not even to see the World's Fair which opened after they left.

p.s. The ice cream isn't homemade. Rose carries it home in a cardboard carton when she accepts a ride from Colonel Darly.

by Anonymousreply 8512/21/2011

I never get bored re-watching this film. It is warm, beautiful, charming, funny, and every visual detail adds to the story. It's either your kind of thing, or it isn't, but it's expertly done.

by Anonymousreply 8612/21/2011

Minnelli is such a master director. I can watch a piece of piffle like "Father of the Bride" over and over again and still be amazed at all the shadings of feelings he managed to convey in a big commercial movie.

by Anonymousreply 8712/21/2011

Even if you're putzing around the house and it's background sound, the script is many times better than what passes for comedy today, with some pretty funny lines.

"And it only takes one."

"Here comes the invalid."

'There's your cat."

"Personally, I wouldn't marry a man who proposed to me over an invention."

"Agnes, if I forget to remind Papa, you remind me."

by Anonymousreply 8812/21/2011

It's been a long time since I've seen this movie...who was psychotic little Tootie referring to when she said, and repeated, "he tried to kill me!" Was it Tom Drake? I remember Esther physically attacking him for doing something to poor little Tootie and then finding out that poor little Tootie had lied through her teeth. Esther must be pretty damn stupid if she believed the deranged Tootie. Despite being kicked and punched and scratched by the enraged Esther, the Tom Drake character nonetheless falls in love with her. How implausible can this movie get? What man would fall in love with a woman who acted that way, or marry a woman who is so mentally unstable? Not to mention her crazy little sister! Obviously mental illness ran in that family. I'm surprised the Boy Next Door didn't move far, far away from his crazy neighbors.

by Anonymousreply 8912/21/2011

Damn, Judy was absolutely gorgeous, wasn't she?

by Anonymousreply 9012/21/2011

Was MMISL supposed to be Judy's first breakthrough adult role. Were the stakes high? Did she show them all? And what was her follow up?

Did the Trolley Song land on the "charts" or hit parade? Did it peak @ #1?

by Anonymousreply 9112/21/2011

R91, "The Trolley Song" officially peaked at #3, with a bullet. That pleased Tootie, who remarked, with an evil gleam in her eye, "Oooooh. A bullet!"

by Anonymousreply 9212/21/2011

Would Tootie's official diagnosis be sociopath or psychopath?

Did Rose have borderline personality disorder?

by Anonymousreply 9312/21/2011

Did Liza know her father was gay when she was very young, well...old enough to understand what gay was but still a young girl?

There is no doubt he did at least once with Judy since Liza looks more like him than like her mom. I don't think they knew how to conceive kids any way but just doing it back in those days.

by Anonymousreply 9412/21/2011

There's nothing but rumor that Vincente Minnelli ever had any homosex. If you read up about him he comes off as more the class nerd, the one endlessly teased.

by Anonymousreply 9512/21/2011

This is a brilliant and hilarious thread. Thanks everyone!

by Anonymousreply 9612/21/2011

I've been obsessed for years about the way Garland doesn't blink while she's singing. Or rather, she times her blinks to go with the phrasing of the lyric, which i guess reinforces the sense of long phrase and intimacy. She totally controls the image that the camera captures in close up. Someone had to have taught her that, but who? Watch HYAMLC - it's kind of a little freaky once you see it.

Also - try to do it yourself. It's really hard!

by Anonymousreply 9712/21/2011

Wasn't Kay Thompson coaching Judy at MGM at this point in her career?

It should also be mentioned in this thread that Arthur Freed's mistress Lucile Bremer played older sister to Judy in MMISL and Judy didn't much care for her.

by Anonymousreply 9812/22/2011

r97: Alice Faye does the same thing.

by Anonymousreply 9912/22/2011

I know I'll get viciously bitch slapped but I hate musicals especially the old ones. So goody two shoes and cornball.

by Anonymousreply 10012/22/2011

[quote]I've been obsessed for years about the way Garland doesn't blink while she's singing...Also - try to do it yourself. It's really hard!

Try Dexedrine.

by Anonymousreply 10112/22/2011

[quote]I remember seeing the footage of that reunion photo they took of everyone as they walked out on the stage and took their place for the shot. They had to coax Drake to come up out of the audience, as if he didn't think he belonged up there. Hell, Drake is part of MGM's permanent history if ONLY for the boy next door. He was in a lot of films and even co-starred with Mickey Rooney in Words and Music. He BELONGED there. It was rather poignant to see him be so reticent about getting up there with the others.[/quote]

It was Keenan Wynn they had to drag out of the audience.

by Anonymousreply 10212/22/2011

Is Little Tootie supposed to be some sort of serial-killer-in-utero in this film? I find her violent acts of aggression (especially toward the snow family) really disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 10312/22/2011

People - the snow family is made of SNOW.

Let's get a grip, shall we? Haven't you ever known any kids?

They get upset and do things.

by Anonymousreply 10412/22/2011

Violent, psychotic things!

by Anonymousreply 10512/22/2011

Judy apparently refused to sing the original lyrics to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas which went sonmething like:

It may be your last

Christmas is in the past

by Anonymousreply 10612/22/2011

"People - the snow family is made of SNOW.

Let's get a grip, shall we? Haven't you ever known any kids?

They get upset and do things."

In Tootie's case, it was a little more than getting "upset." She was a pathological liar, had an obsession with death and her "pranks" were potentially dangerous. As one poster noted, she wanted to derail a trolley car! And her breakdown near the end of the movie where she decapitates the snow people who are representing her family ("I'd rather kill them than leave them behind!" I think is what she screams) indicates that this is a very emotionally disturbed child.

by Anonymousreply 10712/22/2011

Now available on blu-ray.

by Anonymousreply 10812/22/2011

What r53 says - back in 1944 when terrible things were happening in Europe (the concentration camps etc) hollywood was churning out light escapist fare like this, as if the real world did not exist, and anything gay had to be censored or unmentionable.

Mary Astor is fascinating here too - a few years earlier she had been a glamorous lead, now she is suddenly playing mothers!

by Anonymousreply 10912/23/2011

Marjorie Main is terrific too as the cook - with the excuse of having dinner early so she could go and sort out her sister who is having trouble with her husband "him being a man and all..." So the ideal family has the grandfather living with them, and their own servant/cook.

by Anonymousreply 11012/23/2011

Clang, clang, clang" went the trolley "Ding, ding, ding" went the bell "Zing, zing, zing" went my heartstrings For the moment I saw him I fell

"Chug, chug, chug" went the motor "Bump, bump, bump" went the brake "Thump, thump, thump" went my heartstrings When he smiled, I could feel the car shake

He tipped his hat, and took a seat He said he hoped he hadn't stepped upon my feet He asked my name I held my breath I couldn't speak because he scared me half to death

"Buzz, buzz, buzz" went the buzzer "Plop, plop, plop" went the wheels "Stop, stop, stop" went my heartstrings As he started to leave I took hold of his sleeve with my hand

And as if it were planned He stayed on with me and it was grand Just to stand with his hand holding mine All the way to the end of the line!

by Anonymousreply 11112/23/2011

Middle class people were far more likely to have hired domestic help in those days. There was a great deal more manual labor involved in housekeeping before electricity took full hold. Women didn't have many other options in the working world. Many single women and widows would have been grateful enough for room and board to demand much more in the way of pay.

by Anonymousreply 11212/23/2011

R111- you forgot the intro

With my high starched collar and my high top

shoes and my hair, piled high upon my head..

I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley

and lost

my heart instead.

With his light brown derby and his bright

green tie

he was quite the handsomest of men

I started to yen

so I counted to ten

then I counted to ten again..

by Anonymousreply 11312/23/2011

Jennifer Jones won the Best Actress Oscar in 1944 for playing a French peasant girl who sees a vision of The Virgin Mary and becomes a saint herself in The Song of Bernadette, a treacly performance in an utterly unwatchable film that could have only been popular and revered in that darkest of years.

Judy wasn't even nominated! I don't think in those years there was even any outrage over the omission as musicals were rarely considered Oscar-worthy.

But then, of course, Jimmy Cagney won the Oscar for his starring performance as George M. Cohan in Warners' musical Yankee Doodle Dandy just the year before!

How to explain this phenomena?

by Anonymousreply 11412/23/2011

It's wartime.

It's a fucking flag-waving musical called YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.

It's tough-guy old-pro Cagney doing a musical.

OF COURSE he's gonna win an Oscar.

And nobody gives a fuck about YANKEE DOODLE DANDY today.

(Didn't Margaret O'Brien win a miniature Oscar for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS?)

by Anonymousreply 11512/23/2011

Excellent podcast on Fresh Air.

by Anonymousreply 11612/23/2011

What I don't understand is why Judy gave Tom Drake such a weird look after he was late boarding the Trolley. He did board the Trolley on time.

by Anonymousreply 11712/23/2011

Are you watching the same movie as the rest of us, R117? The train leaves without Tom Drake and he has to run after it to hop aboard.

by Anonymousreply 11812/23/2011

As a macho gay man who loves watching sports, I admit that "Meet Me in St. Louis" is my favorite Holiday movie, and I do get all gitty when Judy performs "The Trolley Song" "The Boy Next Door" and "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

by Anonymousreply 11912/23/2011

I love the way Judy sings The Boy Next Door, she lowers her voice and sound velvety smooth!

by Anonymousreply 12012/24/2011

[quote] As a macho gay man who loves watching sports, I admit that "Meet Me in St. Louis" is my favorite Holiday movie

But of course you watch it while drinking a six pack of Bud, tossing each empty crushed can on the floor and belching after each one. Then you scratch your butt, not caring who sees.

We all thank you for "admitting" that you enjoy this movie.

by Anonymousreply 12112/24/2011

I herby nominate this thread for the 2011 MARY! of the Year

by Anonymousreply 12212/24/2011

r109, actually Mary Astor, a few years earlier than this, was still playing Judy's mother. Judy sang Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart! to her in 1938.

You'd have to go back about 10 years to Mary's glamorous leading lady days.

by Anonymousreply 12312/24/2011

I'm quite old and remember as a kid a big color TV special in the late 1950s of Meet Me in Saint Louis with Jane Powell in Judy's role, Jeane Crain as the older sister and lovely Tab Hunter as The Boy Next Door.

by Anonymousreply 12412/24/2011

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Pop that champagne cork. Next year we will all be living in New York."

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas. It may be your last. Next year we will all be living in the past."

These are some of the rejected lyrics that Judy told Hugh Martin were just too depressing, since the song was rather sad anyway. She was right.

They used the very first recording of The Trolley Song because it was Judy at her freshest and most vibrant. She even messed up a lyric (I can't recall what it was) but it was decided that the take was SO damned good that it didn't matter. Of course, Garland could hit her marks and do take after take, each one as good as the last. (watch Mr. Monotony on the Easter Parade DVD extras.) She was the consummate genius and professional IF the drugs were not fully in control.

Tom Drake was, indeed, gay. And a protege of Spencer Tracy, as was Van Johnson, for whatever that's worth.

by Anonymousreply 12512/24/2011

Mary Astor had a helluva life, which would make a great biography that no one would film.

As she famously stated: "There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who's Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor?"

by Anonymousreply 12612/24/2011

Mary Astor wiki.

It's fascinating that details of her steamy diary (where she discussed at great length George S. Kauffman's hard, meaty cock) and scandal of her trial made her MORE popular with her mostly female audiences, not unlike Dinah Shore's romance (or 'romance') with Burt Reynolds many years later.

This is especially interesting: "Another noteworthy performance was her Oscar-winning role as Sandra Kovak, the selfish, self-centered concert pianist, who willingly gives up her child, in THE GREAT LIE (1941). George Brent played her intermittent love interest, but the film's star was Bette Davis. Davis wanted Astor cast in the role after watching her screen test and seeing her play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. She then recruited Astor to collaborate with her on rewriting the script, which Davis felt was mediocre and needed work to make it more interesting. Astor further followed Davis's advice and sported a brazenly bobbed hairdo for the role.

The soundtrack of the movie during the scenes where she plays the concerto, with violent hand movements on the piano keyboard, was actually dubbed by pianist Max Rabinovitch. Davis deliberately stepped back to allow Astor to shine in her key scenes. As a result of her performance, Astor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, thanking Bette Davis and Tchaikovsky in her acceptance speech. Astor and Davis became good friends."

I'm stunned Jack Warner let Davis and Astor work on the script.

by Anonymousreply 12712/24/2011

It's just starting again! Oh, and "Auntie Mame" is on at 11 (central) tonight!

by Anonymousreply 12812/24/2011

[quote]You'd have to go back about 10 years to Mary's glamorous leading lady days.

Actually, you'd just have to go back two years to "The Palm Beach Story," in which she's very glam - and "The Maltese Falcon" the year before that, where she's the femme fatale.

by Anonymousreply 12912/24/2011

LB Mayer seemed so intent (possibly obsessed?) with creating and maintaining Mary Astor's image as The Perfect Mother, it shocks me that he allowed her to be loaned to Warner Bros to play that iconic femme fatale in The Maltese Falcon.

Or was she not under exclusive contract to MGM at that time?

And r127, thanks for the good tip on The Great Lie. Can't believe I've never seen it but will certainly check it out!

by Anonymousreply 13012/24/2011

She signed a seven-year contract with Metro in 1943. She had brief contracts with Fox and Warners thru the mid-30s, but she mostly free-lanced.

by Anonymousreply 13112/24/2011

R114, Jennifer Jones won an Oscar in 1944 as Best Actress of 1943. Ingrid Bergman was the best actress for 1944. There were rumors that Bergman won in 1944 because she lost to Jones in 1943. But even if Judy had been nominated the Oscar probably would have gone to (or should have gone to) Barbara Stanwyck for Double Indemnity.

by Anonymousreply 13212/24/2011

And Judy Davis, brilliant in the other parts of the TV biopic, looked like a shriveled apple doll trying to imitate the 22 year old Garland in The Trolley Song re-enactment. And her blue gloves in the TV movie were SHINY when, in the movie, they were suede or fabric.

by Anonymousreply 13312/24/2011

Judy was so gorgeous as a redhead. I wonder why she didn't maintain that color longer in her career? It softened her a lot.

by Anonymousreply 13412/26/2011

r134: I think Judy was at her most beautiful in black and white - in GIRL CRAZY, THE CLOCK and PRESENTING LILY MARS. Metro Technicolor was strangely unflattering to her - she often looked like some glamorous Kabuki doll with her pallid white skin and bright red mouth. In MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, Dot Ponedel re-did her makeup, removing the putty from her nose (good) but giving her those awful stylized eyebrows she wore for the rest of her Metro career. After Ponedel was done with her, Judy looked more like a Hirshfeld caricature than the beautiful woman she was.

And the awful 'box' hairstyle...

by Anonymousreply 13512/27/2011

I simply love Judy Garland. Doesn't she just make you smile?

by Anonymousreply 13612/27/2011

[quote]I'm quite old and remember as a kid a big color TV special in the late 1950s of Meet Me in Saint Louis with Jane Powell in Judy's role, Jeane Crain as the older sister and lovely Tab Hunter as The Boy Next Door.

I have that on tape. It's not in color as it is a kinescope. Several years ago a copy was sent to TCM host Robert Osborne who in turn sent one to Jane Powell. Patty Duke played Tootie in that production. Tab was beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 13712/27/2011

[quote]You must also see the film in the context of the time it was made: 1944, the darkest and scariest year of World War II, when Allied victory seemed almost impossible. That the film brought audience's back to a nostalgic, gorgeous and carefree time in American history (albeit earlier than many of them personally experienced) cannot be denied for its huge success.

Arthur Freed said that Judy was always current. In fact, she had impeccable luck in the timing of two of her greatest films. The Wizard of Oz hit theatres at the very beginning of WWII and Meet Me In St. Louis at the Battle of the Bulge. Can you imagine audiences, at Christmas 1944, sitting and crying in the dark at Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas while their local papers feature the names of all those popular boys from HS dying in the field every day. My great-aunt said those days, even though everyone knew by then they would win the war, was overwhelming.

by Anonymousreply 13812/27/2011

Well r137, then hopefully it will turn up on TCM this year...that would be fantastic! I just remembered that Myrna Loy and Walter Pidgeon play the parents. Quite a cast!

Way upthread, speaking of how few takes Judy would need in a number, check her out on youtube in "Who (Stole My Heart Away)? as Marilyn Miller in Words and Music. It's one of MGM's best filmed musical moments IMHO. Did Minnelli direct it?

And apparently she was already a few months pregnant with Liza at the time! She's rather blonde in it (as Miller) and it suits her there....doesn't look to be a wig either.

The number also appears in That's Entertainment III.

by Anonymousreply 13912/27/2011

R133- they should have used Tammy Blanchard for the St. Louis sequence before the switchover to Davis.

by Anonymousreply 14012/27/2011

Speaking of That's Entertainment, I,II and III will be on TCM Thursday afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 14112/27/2011


by Anonymousreply 14203/14/2013

A beloved thread but what more is there to say?

by Anonymousreply 14303/14/2013

From Mary Astor's diary re: her lover playwright George S. Kaufman:

"He fucked the living day lights out of me."

by Anonymousreply 14403/15/2013

[R111]- you forgot the intro

With my high starched collar and my high top

shoes and my hair, piled high upon my head..

I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley

and lost

my heart instead.

"With his light brown derby and his bright

green tie

he was quite the handsomest of men

I started to yen

so I counted to ten

then I counted to ten again.."

OMG, I love that!

by Anonymousreply 14503/15/2013

Do you think good old bisexual Vincente was a tiger in the sack with Judy?

by Anonymousreply 14603/15/2013

R85, Sally Benson's childhood nickname was Tootie. Benson, the author of the original stories in The New Yorker, represented herself in her reminiscences of St. Louis as "Tootie," not as her older sister, Agnes.

It's true that most of the adventures re-assigned to Tootie in the movie were carried out by her older sister Agnes in the short stories. Maybe the movie producers felt that such wild actions would be (even more) disturbing if carried out by Agnes, so they re-wrote them to be played by little Tootie instead.

by Anonymousreply 14703/15/2013

It's surprising that MGM didn't try and create a sequel to the film. There were so many characters who would have been interesting to follow a couple of years later.

by Anonymousreply 14803/15/2013

In the 50's NBC did a two hour TV version with Jane Powell, Tab Hunter, Myrna Loy and Jeanne Crain. Patty Duke played Tootie. Same script and all the songs included. I have a copy. Sent one to Robert Osborne who sent it on to Ms. Powell. Tab Hunter was beautiful!!!

by Anonymousreply 14903/15/2013

r149, I think you made that same comment in this thread years ago during one of its bumps.

And I believe I replied that if the kinescope (or whatever you call it) was in the hands of Robert Osborne, hopefully and eventually, it would be shown on TCM.

by Anonymousreply 15003/15/2013

Those blue gloves are so jarring that they steal the scene.

by Anonymousreply 15103/15/2013

I did R150-- but wouldn't Osborne need permission from NBC to show it?

by Anonymousreply 15203/15/2013

I wonder if the blue gloves were a last minute decision once they saw their mistake in dressing Judy in black against those girls in all their colorful frocks and hats?

Judy doesn't even wear a hat which was pretty de rigeur for a lady out on the streets, not only in 1900 but even in 1944.

by Anonymousreply 15303/16/2013

I just saw Little Women with June Allyson looks like they used the same sets and costumes. Even the same Mama...

by Anonymousreply 15403/16/2013

I think if there is one truth on DL that every poster can agree on, it's that Judy Davis took over the role of adult Judy Garland two scenes too soon in the biopic.

Tammy Blanchard shoulda done The Trolley Song.

by Anonymousreply 15503/16/2013

It was a coincidence.

Think about all the times you might turn on a gay classic and it's NOT at that moment a gay universal classic scene.

by Anonymousreply 15603/16/2013

Absolutely R155!

by Anonymousreply 15703/16/2013

R27, I do realize that it has been two years since that post, but I just read it now. Irene was married to Eliot Gibbons, not his brother, Cedric,who got her the MGM job. And her suicide was from the window of a hotel, not their apartment.

by Anonymousreply 15803/16/2013

Thanks r158 for keeping up.

And please, everyone remember, that Irene is NOT Irene Sharaff, who designed Meet Me in St. Louis, but another costume designer who just went by her first name.

And interestingly, Cedric Gibbons, who was head of MGM's art department for at least 25 of its most glorious years, contractually was credited with the Production Design and Art Direction of all of the studio's movies during his tenure, even though he often only assigned an assistant or two to do the actual work. He mostly just focused on the big pictures.

As noted in the Lavender Marriage thread, Cedric was married to Dolores del Rio.

by Anonymousreply 15903/16/2013

Has it been on tv this Christmas?

I usually watch, but I think I may have missed it.

by Anonymousreply 16012/19/2013

Here's this years schedule R160

by Anonymousreply 16112/19/2013

[quote]Sharaff was an amazing designer, she did Barbra's costumes for Funny Girl to. Her girlfriend was a chinese princess and they had an amazing apartment in NY.

Nice retrospective (with pictures) about Sharaff and more information about her life partner, Mei Mei Sze, who was also an extraordinary woman and an artist.

by Anonymousreply 16212/20/2013

It's on TCM right now. I just turned it on. It was the scene where the two younger girls are chortling about putting a dummy on the tracks to derail the trolley. The two older sisters are at first appalled and then they both burst into laughter at how funny it really is.

What a psychotic family.

by Anonymousreply 16312/23/2013

Love this movie. Judy is great singing Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 16412/23/2013

I am the gayest gay alive, and here's my proof:

At the beginning of MMISL, Judy and Lucille Bremer are in their dressing gowns, singing the title song together, until it's broken up by their overwhelmed father Leon Ames. I've seen it a thousand times. Bremer's dressing gown has a very unique color scheme, a vivid blue-green.

Jump to "The Harvey Girls". In the big girl-on-girl barroom brawl scene, Showgirls vs. Waitresses, I noticed that in the melee, someone throws the very same costume right across Judy! It is unmistakably the same costume from MMISL!

Here's the scene, it's right at 1:24. Same dressing gown, right?

by Anonymousreply 16512/23/2013

Here's the MMISL clip.

Pretty gay, huh?

by Anonymousreply 16612/23/2013

I think Lons and John Pruett were secret lovers.

by Anonymousreply 16712/23/2013

I finally watched this movie tonight and I found it to be quite disappointing. I mean, the technicolor is spectacular and Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Litle Xmas scenes (which I've seen on youtube hundreds of times before) are spectacular, but otherwise it's a pretty average and dull movie filled with forgettable songs.

And the dialogue was trully cringe-worthy: all they talked about was how ketchup tasted, long distance phone calls from their boyfriends, lost tuxedos and that bloody fair. The movie is like a weird mix of Pride and Prejudice and Little Women, but without any interesting and edgy characters. And don't even get me started on how annoying Margaret O'Brien was. At least Marjorie Main's maid character was entertaining and funny.

There was also no chemistry between Judy and that neighbour character. I was hoping they will at least share a romantic kiss right before the movie ended, but instead the movie closes with a line about the world fair. This is not my idea of a romantic ending.

Luckily I watched The Man Who Came To Dinner later and saved this christmas from being a total disaster. Thanky you Monty Wolley!

by Anonymousreply 16812/25/2013

Merry Christmas, and thank you, Robert Osborne and TCM! 19 and some terrific years.

TCM and "Friends" turn 20 next year - oy!

by Anonymousreply 16912/25/2013

The wig made my head bleeeeed!

by Anonymousreply 17012/25/2013

Talk about dated! The humor in "The Man a Who Came a to Dinner" hasn't aged well. Nobody remembers the man it's based on, Alexander Woollcott, and the jokes are boring.

Monty Woolly was a big ol' queen who used to cruise for young black meat with Cole Porter.

by Anonymousreply 17112/25/2013

One of the best DL threads ever.

by Anonymousreply 17212/25/2013

R168, you are an unmitigated idiot. Seriously. MMISL was the highest grossing film second only to Gone With the Wind for MGM. All the charm of that script, those characters, the warmth, nostalgia and depiction of a world that war weary Americans longed for (and that never really existed) is apparently completely lost on you.

You are just shockingly stupid. That is, unless your post was satire.

by Anonymousreply 17312/25/2013

Just started on TCM.

Time, tide and trolley wait for no man. Let her go, motorman!

by Anonymousreply 17411/29/2014

I can't stand the man in the film who says this:

[quote] Time, tide and trolley wait for no man. Let her go, motorman!

I've seen his type scattered around the Midwest and, to a lesser extent, in the South. Fortunately, they're a quickly dying breed.

by Anonymousreply 17611/29/2014
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