A Review of the Movie - Miracle On 34th Street
Plot summary by Kenneth Chisholm:
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 because 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 finds
himself held at Bellevue where, in despair, he deliberately fails a mental examination to ensure his commitment.
All seems lost until Doris' friend, Fred Gaily, reassures Kris of his worth and agrees to represent him in the fight to secure his release. To achieve that, Fred arranges a formal hearing in which he argues
that Kris is sane because he is in fact Santa Claus.
Over the years, Miracle on 34th Street has taken on new forms: Two television remakes - many stage adaptations, including the Meredith Wilson musical, Here's Love - and the 1994 feature film
with Richard Attenborough. WRW is happy to return to an old form and add our take on one of our favorite stories.
Miracle on 34th Street 1947
Directed by: George Seaton
Written by: Valentine Davies (story), George Seaton
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara
RunTime: 97 Min.
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 - Mr. Granville M. Sawyer
William Frawley - Charles Halloran
Jerome Cowan - District Attorney Thomas Mara
Philip Tonge - Mr. Shellhammer
An Academy Award-winner (1947) for Best Supporting Actor (Gwenn),
Best Original Story and Best Screenplay
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