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Miracle on 34th Street (1973)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Schaffner
Suzanne Davidson ...
Susan / Susan Walker
Ellen Weston ...
Barry Greenberg ...
District Attorney
Dr. Pierce
Y Leader


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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Family | Drama | Fantasy





Release Date:

14 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det hände i New York  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording) (uncredited)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Version of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »


Open Your Eyes and Dream
lyrics June Carroll
music Arthur Siegel
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User Reviews

Christmas catastrophe...
16 April 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

That old rivalry between Macy's and Gimbel's rages on! Allegedly a Christmas fantasy with comic and romantic trimmings, this TV-made remake of the 1947 holiday perennial turns sour mighty quickly, probing into the psychological ramifications of a department store Santa Claus who believes he is, in fact, Kris Kringle. Sebastian Cabot would appear to be a great choice to replace Edmund Gwenn in the leading role, but director Fielder Cook never allows Cabot a magical moment, keeping the camera at a distance from him--and worse, keeping Kris in a perpetually combative mood. The romance initiated between hard-working single mom Jane Alexander and attorney David Hartman by Alexander's brainy daughter doesn't work, either; young Suzanne Davidson, playing a walking encyclopedia, is full of forced cuteness and unnatural sparkle. When Davidson spies Santa Cabot speaking Spanish to a little girl, she reacts as if she's seen a miracle, dropping her mouth open mechanically. In updating Valentine Davies' original story, I guess having Santa speak any other foreign language but Spanish was considered too outlandish. Yet, that's precisely the problem with this woebegone version: it hasn't an ounce of genuine wonderment or Christmas spirit.

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