"Meet Me in St. Louis" - Actual MGM Backlot Photos!
This is fabulous motion picture history! This is a group of thirteen (13) different 4" by 6" color photos from 1971 (four of them are seen with this auction listing). Some of the photos are of the "Smith" house used as Judy Garland's family home in the 1944 film "Meet Me in St. Louis" (directed by Liza Minnelli's father and Judy Garland's husband, Vincente Minnelli). Judy played the character of Esther Smith in one of her most memorable film roles. These photos were taken when MGM's famous backlot was open to the public in May of 1971, just prior to the great 1971 MGM auction and sale. The auction dismantled and sold off what was left of MGM's vast prop and costume warehouses, and the backlot w this house stood was completely destroyed by real estate developers after that. Today, all this history is lost and the land w this magnificent backlot stood is now condominiums. These 13 pictures show Judy's house, as well as the neighbor's house next door w "The Boy Next Door" (John Truett, as played by Tom Drake) lived. A few other "Victorian" houses from the same backlot street are also pictured. In front of all these houses, on the street, you can see carriages and other horse-drawn carts that were just staged t to exhibit them prior to the now-famous 1971 auction and sale. The photos were originally taken "in-person" on Kodak "Instamatic" film, causing a slight yellow and/or blue hue present in a few of the photos. These pictures take you back to a time when Hollywood was golden and the absolute finest dreams were made in a real place called the MGM backlot. It's one of modern American history's greatest tragedies that this was never preserved, and so lost forever to the bulldozer. Happy remembering, Judy Garland and MGM fans!
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