Miracle on 34th Street
Tagline – Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!
Starring – 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).
Released – May, 1947
Directed By – George Seaton
Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
NOTABLE: Miracle on 34th Street won Oscar’s for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn), Best Writing, Original Story, and Best Writing, Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.
In 2005, Miracle on 34th Street was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Although a film about Christmas, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck wanted it to be released in May believing that more people went to the movies during the spring and summer.
Actress Natalie Wood was eight years old while playing the role of Susan Walker and was convinced that Edmund Gwenn was the real Santa Claus.
This motion picture was the film debut, for what would be a long and wonderful film career, for actress Thelma Ritter.
In 2006, the American Film Institute ranked this picture #9 on their list of The Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. In 2008, the institute ranked the film #5 on their list of The Ten Greatest Films in the Fantasy Genre.
Kris Kringle’s untranslated dialogue with the young Dutch girl was his asking her what she wanted for Christmas and her reply that she wanted nothing as she had been given everything by being adopted by her new mother.
Newspaper columnist Hedda Hopper reported that, when the film opened, Macy’s would close half a day so that their employee’s could all see the first showing.
With film censorship being such a problem, this film was only given a “B” rating by the Legion of Decency because they thought Maureen O’Hara’s part as a divorced mother was somewhat objectionable.