Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

George Seaton (1947)

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Our Score
This isn't the benign remake with Richard Attenborough, but the marvellous original first shown in the UK as The Big Heart. Natalie Wood plays a jaded youngster who knows there's no such thing as Father Christmas because her mother, Maureen O'Hara, organises a New York department store's yearly parade, and Wood has always seen Santa played by drunken old men. Then along comes Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to work some Christmas magic. The great plot was rightly awarded Oscars for best screenplay and original story, while Gwenn also won as best supporting actor. Indeed, Gwenn became so identified with this role that every holiday he found himself hired to hand out presents at the houses of such Hollywood notables as Louis B Mayer. Children may prefer the newer, more obvious version, but parents will warm to this utterly beguiling original.


When a popular New York department store Santa Claus is placed in an asylum for claiming to be the genuine article, a crusading city lawyer takes on the case, determined to prove the man's sanity. Christmas drama, starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall and William Frawley.

Cast & Crew

Doris Walker Maureen O'Hara
Fred Gailey John Payne
Kris Kringle Edmund Gwenn
Susan Walker Natalie Wood
Judge Henry X Harper Gene Lockhart
Mr Sawyer Porter Hall
Charles Halloran William Frawley
Thomas Mara Jerome Cowan
Mr Shellhammer Philip Tonge
Dr Pierce James Seay
Mr Macy Harry Antrim
Director George Seaton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray