A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus that he is Santa Claus, and winds up going on trial to prove who he is.

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A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus that he is Santa Claus, and winds up going on trial to prove who he is. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Originally, this TV movie was offered to Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, with Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner to play Susan. However, Wood, a former child star herself, who portrayed Susan in the 1947 classic original Miracle on 34th Street (1947), declined on the grounds that Natasha was too young, and she wanted her to have as normal a childhood as possible. See more »

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As the Judge's granddaughters run through his study, the arm of a crew member can be seen at the lower left of the screen. See more »

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Version of Miracle on 34th Street (1959) See more »

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Still a wonderful story
25 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Personally, I have seen all three versions of this film, and while I understand why older generations and purists stand by the original as the best one, that doesn't mean that people can't still enjoy this version. For a made-for-TV version, it has a wonderful cast, with Sebastian Cabot being the highlight. I thought the way the court case was handled was better here than in the 1994 version, and having grown up with color all of my life (and having been born only 2 years before this version originally came out), I still claim this one as my favorite. That is not to say that the original or 1994 versions aren't good--I think they all have a place for those who enjoy them. I just think that this story--like many others--is a generational one, and everyone is going to have at least a little nostalgia for the one from their generation. My only wish, which so far has gone unfulfilled, is that someone will eventually put this version out on DVD and Blu-Ray so that those of us who enjoy it can watch it again. The 1947 and 1994 versions' fans have access to their movies--why can't we? I think the reviewer who offered the option of a box set including all versions of this movie has a wonderful idea--that way, everyone's happy, and each is different enough from the others that you can watch them all and enjoy them.


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