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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.

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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 »
Genre:
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:
The Genuine Article, Still A Miracle See more (145 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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 
Richard Irvine 
 
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 director
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
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 | Sweden:15 | 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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Kris claims that John Quincy Adams' Vice President was Daniel D. Tompkins. In fact, it was John C. Calhoun, while Daniel D. Tompkins had been Vice President under Adams' predecessor, James Monroe. The confusion arose because Adams was the 6th President whereas Tompkins was the 6th Vice President, some Presidents having had a different Vice President in each term, and one of the latter having served under 2 of the former.See more »
Quotes:
Fred Gailey:Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Deck the Halls (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hark The Herald Angels SingSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What do Kris Kringle and the little Dutch girl say to each other?
What happens when Kris goes to court?
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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The Genuine Article, Still A Miracle, 25 December 2001
Author: Paul Dana (bigpurplebear@aol.com) from San Francisco, CA USA

There's a "legend" connected with this film, one which has recently gained new life via AMC: Supposedly, upon completion of principle filmmaking, 1947's "Miracle On 34th Street" then had to be submitted to the heads of Macy's and Gimble's department stores who -- had either man withheld approval -- could have cost 20th Century Fox a small fortune in rewrites and reshootings.

Frankly, in view of the fact that much of "Miracle" had already been shot on location in Macy's New York City store (to say nothing of the fact that studio heads of that era -- or any era, for that matter -- were notoriously prone not to take such financial risks), this "legend" is likely just so much "hype," otherwise known as "nonsense."

Thankfully, this is the only trace of phoniness attached to this jewel of a movie. "Miracle On 34th Street" is just that, in every sense of the word: a miracle.

Take a perfectly-crafted, thoughtful screenplay. Add an impeccable cast (from top-to-bottom, by the way; catch, just as one example, Thelma Ritter's uncredited turn as "Peter's Mother"). Throw into this mix an on-location "shoot" (along with Macy's, there's the store's actual 1946 Thanksgiving Parade, footage in a post office facility and a courthouse) which gives this film a nice sense of verisimilitude . . . just in case you're not already prepared (courtesy of Edmund Gwenn, in a totally-deserved Oscar-winning performance) to recapture your belief in Santa Claus.

"Miracle On 34th Street" is many things: a celebration of the Christmas spirit, a heartfelt plea against the "over-commercialism" (even in 1947)of Christmas, an examination of faith itself . . . just to name a few.

It works on every level. Every bit as well today, 54 years after its initial release, as then. Don't waste your time with the remakes -- both on TV as well as theatrical productions (and the less said about an abortive 1963 Broadway musical adaptation, "Here's Love," the better.)

Go for the original film. Go for the genuine article. Again and again and again.

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