Meet Me In St. Louis
Based on the memoir by Sally Benson, Vincente Minnelli's holiday musical is surely one of Judy Garland's finest films.
Set in the lead up to the 1904 St. Louis World Fair, the four Smith sisters, including seventeen year old Esther (Garland), besotted with the boy next door, and the adorable, head-strong Tootie (Margaret O'Brien), reluctantly face the prospect of moving to New York City.
Garland has rarely looked as relaxed and as utterly beguiling on screen and one of the musical numbers she performs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, has never sounded sweeter. Indeed, her director promptly fell in love with the young starlet and the two married a year later.