Meet Me in St. Louis 75th Anniversary (1944) presented by TCM Movie Poster

Goofs from Meet Me in St. Louis 75th Anniversary (1944) presented by TCM

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  • Just before "Boy Next Door," Esther keeps shifting positions when sitting on her front porch with Rose Smith.
  • In an early scene you can see feathers and down floating all over the set, left over from the upcoming winter scenes.
  • As Esther comes down the stairs to the party in the parlor (with John Truett as one of the guests), she passes by the grandfather clock on the landing. In the shot just before coming to the landing, the pendulum is swinging. In the next shot, Esther is on the landing, and the pendulum is stopped.
  • There are no footprints in the snow in the winter scene, and there is not enough snow to have allowed the children to have made snowmen without leaving any trace of the snow being rolled into place.
  • Various scenes include views of mountains. However, St. Louis is in the middle of the prairie and does not have any mountain ranges nearby or visible.
  • When Warren bursts in, the distance the door is open changes.
  • In the supper scene when they are trying to rush the meal so that Rose can take her long distance call in private, Katie the maid serves Mr. Smith his soup. The bowl looks completely empty through the whole scene until Katie comes to pick up the bowl. At that point, it is full of brightly-colored soup.
  • When Esther and Tootie perform "Under the Bamboo Tree", Tootie's bedroom slippers are pink at the beginning of the number...but change to blue in the "cake walk" finale.
  • The piece of cake that Mr. Smith eats for Halloween dessert starts out flat and later grows into a wedge.
  • The amount of tears on Tootie's face changes as she listens to Esther singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
  • When the cake is first cut, it is two layers. When they return and start eating around the piano, one of the pieces is three layers.
  • The way Tootie holds her bag of flour changes.
  • During the Trolley Song the location of the fair was mentioned as at Huntington Park. The actual location of the World's Fair was Forest Park.
  • The family sings "Meet Me In St. Louis" in 1903, but it wasn't published until 1904.
  • Although set at the turn of the century, and with very authentic sets and costumes, all of the women inexplicably have mid-'40s hairstyles.
  • A boom mic shadow is visible on the carriage when the family is leaving to go to the fair.
  • After Esther sits down during the corset scene, Rose's position changes from standing next to Esther's chair in one shot to kneeling on the chair in the next.
  • It is often incorrectly claimed that an off screen male voice calls out "Hiya, Judy" (referring to actress Judy Garland instead of her character, Esther). The voice actually says "Hiya, Johnny". This refers to Tom Drake' s character, John Truett, who has been trying to catch the trolley and apparently just made it. As soon as the line is delivered Esther looks expectantly screen right but we do not see John until the end of the trolley song sequence.
  • In the scene where Esther and John are turning out the lights in the house, the exterior lights representing moonlight come up faster than the interior lights are extinguished.
  • In the scene where Esther and John are turning out the lights in the house, knobs on the chandelier show that it was electrical with bulbs removed, although they're supposed to be gaslights.
  • When leaving for the World Trade Fair in the morning, of course it's daylight, once the family arrives, it is dark outside.
  • After telling the family about moving to New York City, the father cuts himself a big piece of cake. Later the mother hands him his piece of cake and it less the half the size of the original.
  • When Esther and her sister are putting on their corsets, there are garters hanging over their petticoats. Esther already has on hosiery. The petticoats would be in the way of putting on hosiery.
  • After Tootie finishes singing "I was drunk last night, dear mother" you can see and hear Esther (Judy Garland) begin saying a line: "Tootie, you're a very bad--". The shot immediately changes to a closeup, and she repeats the line, this time more audibly and in its entirety: "Tootie, you're a very bad girl!"
  • When Esther is comforting Tootie after Tootie's attack on the snow people, the shadow of the boom mike moves onto Tootie's back.
  • After Lon's going away party when Esther gave John back his hat, he found raisins in his hat. He then walked outside, but after Esther called him back it appears that John is no longer holding the raisins.
  • At the Christmas party Esther is wearing white gloves, but after the party when she is talking with John outside the Smith house she is no longer wearing the gloves and she is not holding them either.
  • Early in the movie the father mentions the Baltimore Orioles. By mid-1903 (the approximate time at the beginning of this movie) while there was no major league team named the Baltimore Orioles there was a AAA team the Baltimore Orioles. In fact when the movie was filmed, the Baltimore Orioles still did not exist as a major league team (would join the American League in 1954, coincidentally moving from St. Louis where they were the St. Louis Browns).
  • When one of the girls in Esther's group of friends going to the Fairgrounds in the first act of the film says the site must look like a fairy land, one of the boys tells her the fair won't open for six months. This scene took place in the "Summer 1903" act of the film and before the "Autumn 1903" act. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis in April of 1904. If the fair wouldn't open for six months, the excursion of Esther's friends to the fairgrounds should place the date of that scene sometime in November of 1903.
  • On Halloween night, Agnes and Tootie walk up to the children having the bonfire. When they ask who it is, Agnes incorrectly says, "It's me! Angus!"
  • When Esther and her friends are boarding the trolley, someone says "The exposition doesn't open for six months." According to the title card, it is "Summer 1903". In the final scene, when the Smith family is going to the fair, the title card reads "Spring 1904", closer to 9 or 10 months later than summer 1903.
  • When Rose accompanies Esther's singing on the piano, sometimes the position of her hands doesn't correlate with the sounds we hear.
  • During "The Trolley Song", Esther is given a bag of sweets. Mere seconds later, she turns it upside down and drops it, but no candy falls out of it.
  • At the beginning of the film, when Grandpa is smoking a pipe in a fez in the kitchen, the reflection of a light can be seen in the window to his left.
  • At one point in the movie, Tootie ( Margaret O'Brien) sings the title line of a popular hymn, "Brighten the Corner Where You Are"; this hymn was not published until 1913, ten years after Tootie sang it.

Spoilers

  • When Esther and John are looking out over the fair at the end, John remarks that he liked it better when it was a swamp and it was just the two of them. They didn't actually meet until the night before the trolley trip to see the fairgrounds, already in progress.
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