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Miracle on 34th Street -- The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentlemen with twinkling eyes, and ample belly, and a snowy beard is hired as Macy's department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit - except for his boss, Doris Walker, who's raising her daughter Susan to not believe in Santa but when Kris is declared insane and put on trail everyone's faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus? (content is black & white)
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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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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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Big Heart" - UK (English title) (imdb display title)
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96 min | USA:101 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:S | Germany:0 (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?

Natalie Wood was making two other films concurrently with Miracle on 34th Street (1947). She was also working on Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) at the same time.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the trial Gailey says that the US Post Office was founded on July 26, 1776. The correct date is July 26, 1775.See more »
Fred:That baseball player sure looks like a giant to me.
Susan:Sometimes people grow very large, but that's abnormal.
Fred:I'll bet your mother told you that, too.
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Movie Connections:
Sinterklaas, KapoentjeSee more »


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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
It makes you want belive that Santa Claus really exists, 8 December 2003
Author: Megan Ward from Troutdale, OR

Miracle On 34Th Street was a great Christmas movie. The major conflict of the movie was whether or not Santa Claus really existed.

The movie begins with Kris Cringle (Edmund Gwen) walking by a store with a man setting up a display of reindeer and notices that they are not in order. Kris tells the man politely how to fix them in the right positions, but the man gives him a strange look and goes back to work. Kris Cringle believes himself to be Santa Claus although most everyone else thinks he is crazy. Even little Susan (Natalie Wood) thinks he is a fake and doesn't believe in any ‘fairytales'. Her mother, Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), taught her that to believe in ‘fairytales' is childish and impractical. Kris is later made a part of the Macy's parade when the Santa Claus that was supposed to be in the parade is found drunk. When asked if he had ever had any experience, Kris replied, `Many times.' Doris makes him the department store Santa Claus at Macy's where he tells many people that he is the real Santa Claus.

As more people find out about Kris Cringle calling himself ‘Santa Claus', they get upset saying that no such person really exists. Many people took it more literally and said that it would be impossible for reindeer to fly or for anyone to live in the North Pole. He is forced to take a mental examination and the doctor convinces Doris that Kris is mentally ill after he gets in a fight. Kris is arrested and taken to court and his lawyer is Mr. Gailey who starts to believe, along with Doris and Susan, the he actually is Santa Claus.

I thought that this was a really good holiday movie that focus on something that all of us as little kids went through- believing or not believing in Santa Claus. It even feels like I should believe in Santa after watching it. I thought that Edmund Gwen was a really good actor and perfect for his part. He played his role very innocently, which made him very believable as Santa Claus. Natalie Wood was a great actress who played very well the typical role of the cynical child. The acting and the plot was very well written. It was a very innocent movie that is entertaining for all types of audiences.

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