This week's love song is The Boy Next Door performed by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
The Boy Next Door is one of three classic songs that Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote for MGM's all-American musical, Meet Me in St. Louis.
By 1944, MGM producers Arthur Freed and Roger Edens had their own production unit, which made several musicals that were big hits for the studio. Freed and Edens decided that for their next film they would move away from the Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland backstage musicals that were the Freed unit's bread and butter. Instead, Freed, Edens and newly hired director Vincente Minnelli wanted to focus on a timeless story about life in turn-of-the-century America.
|Tom Drake, Margaret O'Brien and Judy Garland in a publicity still for Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).|
|Judy Garland performs The Boy Next Door in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).|
|Esther Smith (Judy Garland) and her boy next door (Tom Drake) in a publicity still for Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).|
|Tom Drake and Judy Garland on the set of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).|