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Meet Me in Saint Louis

I watched Meet Me in Saint Louis for the first time last night, and suddenly, part of the plot line from the last month's worth of The Order of the Stick makes so much more sense. (If you haven't read OOTS before, start at the beginning!) Tootie's morbid obsessions make the reference all the more appropriate - one of her dolls has four fatal diseases, and many of her earlier ones have died and been buried in her cemetary.

Favorite line: (About the newfangled telephone the Smith family has in their house.) "Personally, I wouldn't marry a man who proposed to me over an invention."

By and large, it's a fun, frothy, happy movie. As someone who's a fan of musicals, I've seen remarkably few of the movie musicals from the heyday of that genre. Seeing it also made me glad I'd been to Saint Louis. I went a few years ago to visit marzapane when she lived there, and saw parts and pieces still left over from the "Louisiana Purchase Exposition".

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celandineb
Jan. 20th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of MMiSL, but I also grew up in the city. *g* The enormous walk-through bird cage in the StL zoo was built for the Exposition -- you probably saw that.

Hmmm... maybe I'll watch it during dinner... now that's a good idea!
owlfish
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
We didn't make it to the zoo, I don't think. I mostly just saw what was left in the large parks - can't remember names, my visit was only a few days.
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owlfish
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
I remember the Arch fondly from early days of Iowa-Arkansas car trips. One of the car games we played as license plate collecting - trying to see as many different states as possible on them over the course of the day. The Arch parking lot produced a bumper crop!

St. Louis: city of pomegranates?
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 21st, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Well, it's nice to know you've been remiss in *one* part of your cultural education. Looks like more musicals for you, missy!
owlfish
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, ma'am!

I'm genrally remiss in anything which most people would have learned from television growing up. I didn't grow up with one.
marzapane
Jan. 22nd, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Thanks to one of my christmas wish list items being granted beyond my wildest dreams, I'm now the proud owner of nine old hollywood musicals. For the most part, they involve either Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly. The dancing is incredible and I have to say that humor has changed very little since the '30s. I found Top Hat to be pretty darn cheeky even for our modern times!
owlfish
Jan. 22nd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
After MMSL, I'm interested in seeing more of Judy Garland's musicals. Of the ones you've been watching, any favorites you'd recommend?
marzapane
Jan. 25th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I didn't get any Judy Garland movies. My main focus is the dancing, so some recurring actors are Astaire, Kelly, Rogers, Cyd Charisse, etc. So far I've watched Top Hat, On the Town, Les Girls, Kiss Me Kate, and Silk Stockings. All are great fun. I've really enjoyed learning about Cyd Charisse, who is a beautiful woman and a lovely dancer. See: Singin in the Rain, Silk Stockings, Band Wagon, and others.
andromakie
Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
I love that movie, one of my all time favourites. It was the first musical to use song to move the story forward, rather than stopping the action to sing, or singing as part of a show. And we saw it on stage a couple of years ago, no Judy, but still cool.
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