Hour of Stars

The Miracle on 34th Street (14 Dec. 1955)

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Episode credited cast:
Kris Kringle (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Abbott ...
Sara Berner ...
Woman Shopper
Dr. Pierce
Ray Collins ...
Sandy Descher ...
Herbert Hayes ...
Mr. Gimbel
Maudie Prickett ...
Miss Prossy
Earl Robie ...
Louis Towers ...


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I didn't realize this version existed until today!!!
23 February 2014 | by (South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

I discovered this version of "34th Street" in the Amazon Prime listings which I was exploring for things I could stream for no extra charge.

At first, when I saw Amazon's defective title, I thought I was going to see a new remake. (Amazon lists it as "The Miracle On 34Th Street 2006" for some weird reason.) Then, when I saw it was in black and white, but with some actors I recognized and some that I knew were new, I thought it was an adaptation with technology allowing new actors to appear next to old ones.

BUT I finally figured out that this was an entirely new version that I'd never hard of before.

I did the research (thanks IMDb) to find out that this is a 1955 TV remake, an adaptation of the 1947 movie crunched to fit inside 47 or 48 minutes of TV time.

This is better than I thought it would be.

As you can see elsewhere on IMDb, this is one episode from the "Hour of Stars" show which originally aired on December 14, 1955.

In many ways, it seems more logical than the 1947 movie it is adapting. It never seemed logical to me that Doris would mail Susan's letter to the courthouse as she did in the 1947 movie (after all, she's going there the next morning). It makes more sense that she would be someone to think to call the post office and give them the idea about delivering all the mail.

I'm glad I watched it, and I will watch it again, along with the other versions that I can get ahold of each holiday season.

If I were to compare this version to the 1947 version, I'm not sure which one I'd give 9.9 starts to, and which one I'd give 10.0 stars to. But both numbers round to 10.

I highly recommend both 1947 and 1955 versions.

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