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Friday Flicks to present classic musical 'Meet Me in St. Louis'

December 4, 2013

YellowBrix

Dec. 04--ORIENTAL -- The ongoing "Friday Flicks" at the Old Theater presents "Meet Me in St. Louis" on Dec. 20.

The film was released in 1944, a time when the world needed good, happy, entertaining movies.

A $5 ticket includes a cartoon, free popcorn and the next installment of the ever-popular serial "Commander Cody: Radar Men from the Moon."

The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m.

It is directed by Vincente Minelli. The film was second only to "Gone With the Wind" in box office sales. This was the film in which Judy Garland met Minelli; the two went on to marry, and have one daughter -- the famous Liza Minelli.

It was nominated for four Oscars -- Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Color), and two Best Music awards: one for an original song, "The Trolley Song," and one for best scoring.

The story follows the life of a comfortable middle class family living in 1903, the year before the St. Louis World's Fair.

Four daughters -- including Garland as Esther and Margaret O'Brien as the unforgettable Tootie -- face normal childhood and teenage highs and lows. Then, dad announces an upcoming move to New York. The family reluctantly prepares for the move, and the four daughters learn important lessons about family, life and love.

The music includes "The Trolley Song" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

It is suitable for the entire family.

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