πŸŽ₯ Miracle On 34th Street – 1947

The Story …

Kris Kringle is indignant to find that the man assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is intoxicated.

When he complains to event director Doris Walker, she persuades Kris to take his place. He does so well that he is hired to play Santa at Macy’s New York City store on 34th Street.

When he complains to event director Doris Walker, she persuades Kris to take his place. He does so well that he is hired to play Santa at Macy’s New York City store on 34th Street …

Ignoring instructions from the toy department head, Mr. Shellhammer, to recommend overstocked items to undecided shoppers, Kris directs one woman to another store to fulfill her son’s Christmas request. Impressed, she informs Shellhammer that she will now become a loyal Macy’s customer.

Attorney Fred Gailey, Doris’s neighbor, takes the young divorcΓ©e’s daughter Susan to see Santa. Doris has raised her to not believe in fairy tales, but Susan is shaken after seeing Kris speak Dutch with a girl who does not know English. Doris asks Kringle to tell Susan that he is not Santa, but he insists that he is.

Worried, Doris decides to fire him, but Kris has generated so much positive publicity and goodwill that R. H. Macy, the store’s owner, promises bonuses. To alleviate Doris’s misgivings, Shellhammer suggests Granville Sawyer administer a “psychological evaluation”. Sawyer recommends Kris’s dismissal. Meanwhile, Susan shows Kris a magazine photo of her dream house and tells him she wants it for Christmas; reluctantly he promises to do his best.

In the company cafeteria, young employee Alfred tells Kris that Sawyer convinced him that he is unstable simply because he enjoys dressing as Santa Claus. Kris immediately confronts Sawyer, eventually striking him on the head with an umbrella. Sawyer exaggerates his pain to have Kris confined to Bellevue Hospital.

Tricked into cooperating and believing Doris to be in on the deception, Kris deliberately fails his examination and is recommended for permanent commitment. However, Fred persuades Kris not to give up and represents him in court.

At a hearing before Judge Henry X. Harper, District Attorney Thomas Mara gets Kris to assert that he is Santa Claus and rests his case, asking Harper to rule that Santa does not exist. In private, Harper’s political adviser, Charlie Halloran, warns him that doing so would be disastrous for his upcoming reelection bid. Harper buys time by hearing further evidence.

Fred calls Macy as a witness and gets him to admit that he believes in Santa. On leaving the stand, Macy fires Sawyer. Next, Fred calls Mara’s own young son, who testifies that his father told him that Santa is real. Mara concedes the point, but goes on to demand that Fred prove that Kris is “the one and only” Santa Claus on the basis of some competent authority by the following day.

Meanwhile, Susan writes Kris a letter to cheer him up, which Doris also signs. When a New York Post Office mail sorter sees Susan’s letter, addressed to Kris at the New York courthouse, he suggests delivering all of the dead letters addressed to Santa Claus to Kris and freeing up storage space.

As court resumes, Fred is told of the mail delivery; he argues that the Post Office – a branch of the U.S. federal governmentβ€”has acknowledged that Kris is the one and only Santa Claus by delivering the letters. When the judge insists on seeing them, Fred has them dump bag after bag on Harper’s desk. Harper dismisses the case.

On Christmas morning at a party for Macy’s employees, Susan loses faith in Kris when he admits he was unable to get her the house she wanted. However, after Kris offers Fred and Doris a route home that avoids traffic, Susan sees her dream house with a “For Sale” sign out front.

Demanding that Fred stop the car, she runs into the house, exclaiming, “Mr. Kringle is Santa Claus!” Fred learns that Doris had encouraged Susan to have faith and suggests they get married and purchase the house. He then boasts that he must be a great lawyer since he proved an eccentric old man was Santa.

However, when he and Doris spot a cane in the house that looks just like Kris’s, he is not so sure.

Credits :

  • Directed by George Seaton
  • Screenplay by George Seaton
  • Story by Valentine Davies
  • Produced by William Perlberg
  • Cinematography :Β Charles Clarke and Lloyd Ahern
  • Edited by Robert Simpson
  • Music by Cyril Mockridge
  • Distributed by 20th Century-Fox
  • Release Date : June 11, 1947

Cast :

  • Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker
  • John Payne as Fred Gailey
  • Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle
  • Gene Lockhart as the Hon. Henry X. Harper
  • Natalie Wood as Susan Walker
  • Porter Hall as Granville Sawyer
  • William Frawley as Charlie Halloran
  • Jerome Cowan as District Attorney Thomas Mara
  • Philip Tonge as Julian Shellhammer
  • Uncredited (alphabetically):
  • Jack Albertson as “Al”, the Post Office Mail Sorter
  • Harry Antrim as R. H. Macy
  • Lela Bliss as Mrs. Shellhammer
  • Jeff Corey as Reporter
  • Mary Field as Dutch Girl’s Adoptive Mother
  • William Forrest as Dr. Rogers at Bellevue
  • Alvin Greenman as Alfred
  • Theresa Harris as Cleo, the Walkers’ maid/housekeeper
  • Percy Helton as Drunken Santa Claus
  • Herbert Heyes as Mr. Gimbel
  • Robert Karnes as 2nd Bellevue Intern
  • Snub Pollard as Mail-Bearing Court Officer
  • Thelma Ritter as Peter’s Mother
  • James Seay as Dr. Pierce, physician at the Brooks Memorial Home for the Aged

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_34th_Street

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