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Miracle on 34th Street -- When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Miracle on 34th Street -- Kris Kringle gives a store clerk a little advice on his reindeer window display.
Miracle on 34th Street -- Little Susan's hopes are dashed when she doesn't get her Christmas wish from Santa Claus.
Miracle on 34th Street -- A resourceful attorney uses the authority and integrity of the United States Postal Service to prove that Santa Claus exists.
Miracle on 34th Street -- Realists Doris and Susan (Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood) find their faith in Christmas after all.

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Director:
Writers:
George Seaton (written for the screen by)
Valentine Davies (story)
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Release Date:
2 May 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!
Plot:
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Santa is in New York! See more (140 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Albertson ... Post Office Mail Sorter Next to Lou (uncredited)
Harry Antrim ... Mr. R.H. Macy (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Mrs. Shellhammer (uncredited)
Walden Boyle ... Judge's Clerk (uncredited)
Kevin Burke ... Child on Santa's Lap (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Secretary (uncredited)
Dick Cogan ... Department Store Head (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Teddy Driver ... Terry (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Dutch Girl's Adopted Mother (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Doctor Rogers at Bellevue (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Robert Gist ... Department Store Window Dresser (uncredited)
Jane Green ... Mrs. Harper (uncredited)
Alvin Greenman ... Alfred (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... George (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Cleo (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Drunken Santa Claus (uncredited)
Herbert Heyes ... Mr. Gimbel (uncredited)
Clark Howat ... Patron in Macy's Lunchroom (uncredited)

Robert Hyatt ... Thomas Mara Jr. (uncredited)
Richard Irving ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Karnes ... Second Bellevue Interne (uncredited)
Fran Lee ... Customer (uncredited)
Marlene Lyden ... Dutch Girl (uncredited)
Robert Lynn ... Macy Salesman (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Woman in Santa Line (uncredited)
Ida McGuire ... Drum Majorette (uncredited)
Joseph McInerney ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jean O'Donnell ... Miss Adams (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Secretary to Mr. Sawyer (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard ... Mail-Bearing Court Officer (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... Macy Salesman (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Court Officer Bearing Mail (uncredited)

Thelma Ritter ... Peter's Mother (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
James Seay ... Dr. Pierce (uncredited)
Irene Shirley ... R.H. Macy's Secretary (uncredited)
Patty Smith ... Alice (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Court Officer Bearing Mail (uncredited)
Ann Staunton ... Mrs. Mara (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Guard (uncredited)
Anthony Sydes ... Peter (uncredited)
Guy Thomajan ... Lou (uncredited)
Basil Walker ... Bellevue Intern (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Seaton 
 
Writing credits
George Seaton (written for the screen by)

Valentine Davies (story)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (music) (as Cyril Mockridge)
 
Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern (director of photography)
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography) (as Charles Clarke)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson (film editor) (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day (art direction)
Richard Irvine (art direction)
 
Set Decoration by
Ernest Lansing (set decorations)
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical direction
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arrangements (as Edward Powell)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John C. Eagan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Charlie Hall .... location manager (uncredited)
Dirk Van H. Labberton .... technical advisor (uncredited)
May E. Romm .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. (DVD) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #12122)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Natalie Wood was eight years old when she made this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the film, Susan refers to Fred Gailey as her Uncle, this is not mentioned at any other point during the film.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Shellhammer:But... but maybe he's only a little crazy like painters or composers or... or some of those men in Washington.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Sinterklaas, KapoentjeSee more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for other movies that are considered Christmas classics?
What do Kris Kringle and the little Dutch girl say to each other?
Is 'Miracle on 34th Street' based on a book?
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46 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Santa is in New York!, 9 December 2003
Author: Eric G Lunneborg from Fairview, Oregon



The movie starts out in a festive atmosphere. It is Thanksgiving and the employees of Macy's department store are busy with preparations for the annual Thanksgiving day parade. Doris. Walker (Maureen O'Hare) is in charge of the parade. She anxiously hires Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to replace the man she hired to play Santa Claus when she discovers the original Santa is too intoxicated to even get on the float. Kris does such a good job that Mrs. Walker asks him to stay on in the role and be the department store's Santa. She soon has serious doubts about her decision when she discovers that her new Santa really believes he is Santa Claus.

Mrs. Walker is working, single mother, who works for Macy's Department Store in New York City. Natalie Wood plays her daughter, Susan. As the result of a failed Marriage, Doris raises her daughter to accept reality. There is no room for fantasy or make believe in her life. Susan is a quiet, child who acts more like a grown up than a 6 year old. She has difficulty using her imagination, and has become just as skeptical as her mother.

Since Kris, believes that "the important thing is to make children happy," winning the affection of Susan and her mother is his main objective.

Whether or not Kris is the real Santa Claus, there is no doubt that he seem to have an influence on almost everyone he meets--except for Macy's staff psychologist .Mr. Sawyer believes that Kris is delusional, and has him committed to thrown into a mental institution. In order to get out, Kris must face a court hearing, where not only is his sanity questioned, but the state of New York will decide if there really is a Santa Claus. Fred Gailey (played by John Payne) a neighbor of Doris Susan Walker agrees to represent Kris. The predictable end to the story is that Fred and Doris become attracted to each other, and as Fred works hard to secure Kris' freedom, Doris finds herself not only believing in Kris, but also in believing in fantasy.

Maureen O'Hara portrays Doris Walker with poise and sophistication. Although the movie is over 55 years old, the idea of a single working mom trying to raise her daughter after a bitter divorce, tells a story that is relevant by today's standards. Natalie Wood does such a good job at playing as the bright six year old, Susan, that you can almost imagine her going straight from being a baby to being an adult. John Payne, as Fred Gailey, predictably plays the handsome attorney who falls in love with Mrs. Walker. Even though it seems a bit unbelievable, this movie is all about fantasy, so we'll allow a bit of romance. Finally, Edmund Gwenn's portrayal of Santa Claus is so believable, that you almost believe that truly is the jolly old elf himself!

This reviewer would give the movie a 5 out of 5 rating. It is a Christmas classic that will be remembered for years to come as one of the best Christmas movies ever filmed. The message of the movie is not about the real meaning of Christmas, nor is it about the commercialism that has overshadowed the holiday for years. The message of the movie is that make believe and fantasy play an important role in our live. Without them we would have no basis for our hopes and dreams

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