Meet me in St Louis: Even if you've never seen "Meet me in St Louis", you will probably recognise its musical score; "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", popularised by Frank Sinatra was sung for the first time by Judy Garland in the film. "The Trolley Song" is another hit song that debuted in the film (you know the one "Chug, chug, chug went the motor/ Bump, bump, bump went the brake/ Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings/ When he smiled I could feel the car shake") Minnelli met Judy Garland on the set of MMISL and they later married and Garland gave birth to their daughter, Liza Minnelli, in March 1946.
Gigi: Generally regarded as a classic, "Gigi" is set in Fin de siècle Paris. It tells the story of a young girl called Gilberte (Leslie Caron) or Gigi for short. Gaston, (played by Louis Jourdan) is a young cynical bon vivant who has watched Gigi grow up. Gigi learns etiquette and charm so she can become a courtesan like her aunt. When her education is nearly complete, Gaston realises he is in love with her and tries to take her as his mistress, but soon realises that would ruin her and marries her instead.
Cobweb: An upmarket psychiatric clinic is the setting for this melodrama where the changing of some curtains sets off a chain of unexpected events.
Lust for Life: Kirk Douglas stars in this film about the life of Vincent van Gogh.
The Bad and the Beautiful: Kirk Douglas plays film producer Jonathan Shields, who has exploited his relationships to get to the top of the film industry, but has now fallen on hard times and calls on his former colleagues help again. The film more than hints at the ruthlessness and cynicism of the movie industry.
Minnelli sits with posters from his films.
Father of the Bride: Although some viewers might be more familiar with the 1991 remake starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, Minnelli's orginal version, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy, was nominated several Academy Awards on its release. The story focuses on the epnonymous father who has to both financially and emotionally deal with his daughter's wedding.
The Pirate: Judy Garland and Gene Kelly sizzle as the star-crossed lovers in this colourful caper of singing, dancing and pirates.
Ziegfeld Follies: This 1946 Hollywood hit was directed by Vincente Minnelli and several others, including Roy Del Ruth, the director of The Maltese Falcon, and George Sidney, who directed Annie Get Your Gun and The Three Musketeers. The musical comedy starred several big names including Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Reviewing it on its release, Newsweek said: "Judy Garland... displays an unexpected flair for occupational satire. Keenan Wynn demonstrates, once again, that he is one of Hollywood's foremost comedians. But the dance act for the archives is "The Babbitt and the Bromide" Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly trade taps and double-takes to a photo finish. "
An American in Paris: Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron star in this enjoyable comedy of errors. Although the setting is in Paris, most of the filming was actually in Hollywood. The sets were painstakingly accurate, but unfortunately the French-speaking characters didn't always conjugate their verbs correctly.