Rent Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

4.0 of 5 from 98 ratings
1h 33min
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Synopsis:
The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly, and a snowy beard (Edmund Gwenn) is hired as Macy's department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit - except for his boss, Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), who's raising her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) to not believe in Santa. But when Kris is declared insane and put on trial, everyone's faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
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Directors:
Producers:
William Perlberg
Writers:
George Seaton, Valentine Davies
Others:
Cage of Nightingales
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Children & Family
Awards:

1948 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

1948 Oscar Best Screen Play

1948 Oscar Best Motion Picture Story

BBFC:
Release Date:
07/11/2005
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Czech, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/11/2013
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Feature Audio Commentary By Maureen O'Hara
  • AMC Backstory: A Miracle on 34th Street
  • Movietone News: Hollywood Spotlight
  • Promotional Short
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating in History
  • Poster Gallery

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Reviews (2) of Miracle on 34th Street

Excellent and warm-hearted Christmas Movie, if a bit dated. - Miracle on 34th Street review by PV

Spoiler Alert
14/01/2017

Little known fact? Edmund Gwenn became the first Welsh actor to win an Oscar for his role as Kris Kringle here.

OK, so this has dated quite a bit since 1947 (there is a newer version from the 80s with Richard Attenborough in the Santa role). I can imagine feminists spitting feathers at the portrayal of women and their aspirations - one wife wishes at one point she'd married a baker or a butcher and not an overcomplicated publisher.

And it's amusing (and sad) to see how much better society used to be in terms of manners, courtesy and people trusting their neighbours. These days the little girl here would be wrapped in cotton wool, never allowed to talk to strangers or go out, and would be sat for hours in her room staring at her screen (and probably obese too).

The legal scenes are funny and intelligent - well-paced too.

Anyway, this is still a fine Christmas film - the ending is weak and unrealistic. But apart from that I enjoyed it all. Not as good as It's a Wonderful Life or Alistair Sim in A Christmas Carol. But a top 10 Christmas movie.

4.5 stars rounded down.

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One of The Best Christmas Films - Miracle on 34th Street review by GI

Spoiler Alert
10/04/2021

Along with It's A Wonderful Life (1946) Miracle on 34th Street is the Christmas film that should be watched every year. It remains a constant delight, a comedy with real heart and enchantment that captures the magic of the holiday and its attack on the commercialism of Christmas resonates today. Winning an Oscar for his performance Edmund Gwenn plays a kindly old man who calls himself Kris Kringle who gets hired by Doris (Maureen O'Hara), a manager at a big Manhattan Department Store, to be their Santa Claus. He's marvellously good with the children but when he begins declaring he is the real Santa he finds himself facing an insanity hearing. It's up to Doris' lawyer boyfriend (John Payne) to prove that Kris really is Santa. The story is just lovely and it attempts to recall the imagination and innocence of childhood for adults not only in the film but for viewers too. This is exemplified in the character of Susan, Doris' daughter, who has been schooled by her mother not to believe in fantasy, played by Natalie Wood, who is an utter delight in the film. This is a Christmas classic, a story about keeping hold of your dreams and imagination however old you get. It's one to seek out for family viewing and it will leave a warm feeling for everyone. (a 1994 remake isn't bad either but this, the first version, is the one to see)

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