Miracle On 34th Street
Maureen O'Hara ■ John Payne ■ Edmund Gwenn
At the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy's outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle's doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways. When a raucous conflict with the store's cruelly incompetent psychologist erupts, Kris ...
Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not this movie is one of the best Christmas movies ever made! Miracle On 34th Street well deserves its place in the list of Classic Christmas movies.
This movie is totally family friendly and only a Scrooge can't find something to like about it. Parents and kids alike will enjoy sitting down with the beautiful Maureen O'Hara and the adorable Natalie Wood.
I've never been a huge fan of Christmas movies but I do make a few exceptions: Charlie Brown, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, It's A Wonderful Life, and of course the original Miracle On 34th Street.
So, my advice is to grab your kids or grandkids, some popcorn, enjoy this wholesome movie and find out if the old man who calls himself Kris Kringle really IS the one and only Santa Claus....
Maureen O'Hara ... Doris Walker
John Payne ... Fred Gailey
Edmund Gwenn ... Kris Kringle
Gene Lockhart ... Judge Henry X. Harper
Natalie Wood ... Susan Walker
Porter Hall ... Granville Sawyer
William Frawley ... Charlie Halloran
Jerome Cowan ... Dist. Atty. Thomas Mara
Philip Tonge ... Julian Shellhammer
Port Washington, Long Island, New York
Macy's Department Store - 151 West 34th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Manhattan, New York City, New York
20th Century Fox Studios, Century City, Los Angeles, California
1948 Oscars for
Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Edmund Gwenn
Best Writing, Original Story - Valentine Davies
Best Writing, Screenplay - George Seaton
1948 Golden Globes for
Supporting Actor - Edmund Gwenn
Best Screenplay - George Seaton
Locarno International Film Festival 1948
Best Screenplay, Adapted - George Seaton
National Film Preservation Board, USA 2005
National Film Registry
Doris: Would you please tell her that you're not really Santa Claus, that actually is no such person?
Kris Kringle: Well, I hate to disagree with you, but not only IS there such a person, but here I am to prove it.
Susan: I believe... I believe... It's silly, but I believe.
Kris Kringle: You see, Mrs. Walker, this is quite an opportunity for me. For the past 50 years or so I've been getting more and more worried about Christmas. Seems we're all so busy trying to beat the other fellow in making things go faster and look shinier and cost less that Christmas and I are sort of getting lost in the shuffle.
Fred Gailey: All my life I've wondered something, and now's my chance to find out. I'm going to find the answer to a question that's puzzled the world for centuries. Does Santa Claus sleep with his whiskers outside or in?
Kris Kringle: Always sleep with them out. Cold air makes them grow.
Fred Gailey: I must be a pretty good lawyer. I took a little old man and proved to the world that...
[looks off screen]
Doris: [sees a cane resting on the wall] Oh no, it can't be. It must have been left by the people who moved out.
Fred Gailey: Maybe... and maybe I didn't do such a good thing after all.