Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

When her toy department Santa shows up drunk for work, Macy's supervisor Doris Walker hires Kris - an elderly gentleman with a white beard who looks like Santa Claus - as her emergency replacement. She comes to regret her choice, however, when she learns that Kris believes that he really is Santa. Kris works not only to restore Doris' belief in Santa Claus but make her young daughter's wishes come true, all while trying to prove his identity in a court of law.

Cast

  • Maureen O'Hara
  • John Payne
  • Edmund Gwenn
  • Gene Lockhart
  • Natalie Wood
  • Porter Hall
  • William Frawley
  • Jerome Cowan
  • Philip Tonge
  • Jack Albertson

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Unbeknownst to most parade watchers, Edmund Gwenn played Santa Claus in the actual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade held November 28, 1946. He fulfilled the duties of most parade Santas, including addressing the crowd from the marquee of Macy's after the parade was over. He was introduced to the crowd by Philip Tonge (who played Mr. Shellhammer in the movie) and later unveiled the mechanical Christmas display windows to the accompaniment of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." This gesture symbolized the opening of the Christmas shopping season at the store.
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Goofs

  • When Kringle is in Sawyer's office, Sawyer is alternately drumming his fingers on desk and twiddling his eyebrow between shots.
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Quotes

    • Fred Gailey: Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.
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Metacritic

88

A Christmas season evergreen.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
88

Christmas classic. [06 Nov 1997]

Metacritic review by John Hartl
John Hartl
The Seattle Times