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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 2 October 1947 (Argentina)
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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.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

George Seaton (written for the screen by), Valentine Davies (story)
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

At the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy's outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle's doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways. When a raucous conflict with the store's cruelly incompetent psychologist erupts, Kris ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

20th Century-Fox Entertainment Miracle! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

2 October 1947 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Only Human See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,650,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Maureen O'Hara was welcomed back again to Macy's in 2004 where she made an official appearance to sign copies of her autobiography 'Tis Herself. See more »

Goofs

When Kris talks to Susan while she is in bed, the covers are pushed back on top of her. In the next shot, they lie flat. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Shellhammer: But... but maybe he's only a little crazy like painters or composers or... or some of those men in Washington.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in two computer colorized versions. The film was first colorized in 1985 by Color Systems Technology, Inc. and again in 2006 by Legend Films using much-improved technology. Prints came with a disclaimer: "It has been altered without the participation of the principal director, screenwriter and other creators of the original film." See more »

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Referenced in 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

To Market, to Market, to Buy a Fat Pig
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Traditional
Sung a cappella by Edmund Gwenn
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Another Great Film in the Tradition of "It's a Wonderful Life".
6 May 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Great film that came out one year after "It's a Wonderful Life" and is still probably the second-best film dealing with the Christmas holidays behind the aforementioned movie. The Macy's Santa Claus (Oscar-winner Edmund Gwenn) claims he is the genuine article. Lawyer John Payne actually starts to believe him, but employee Maureen O'Hara thinks that Gwenn is just a senile, old man. The dilemma for O'Hara is that young daughter Natalie Wood believes in Gwenn as well. What follows is Gwenn being committed and actually ending up in court to prove that he is who he says he is. A really smart comedy that has good drama, a fine story and top-notch acting from all involved. Gene Lockhart and William Frawley are great in supporting turns and look for a then-unknown Jack Albertson as a postal worker. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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