Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

Maureen O'Hara
Director: George Seaton Cast: Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
, John Payne
John Payne
, Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
George Seaton

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Overview

Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy's toy-department Santa. Supervisor Maureen O'Hara soon begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris: it's bad enough that he is laboring under the delusion that he's the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can't find at Macy's, he's gone too far! Amazingly, Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) considers Kris' shopping tips to be an excellent customer-service "gimmick," and insists that the old fellow keep his job. A resident of a Long Island retirement home, Kris agrees to take a room with lawyer John Payne during the Christmas season. It happens that Payne is sweet on O'Hara, and Kris subliminally hopes he can bring the two together. Kris is also desirous of winning over the divorced O'Hara's little daughter Natalie Wood, who in her few years on earth has lost a lot of the Christmas spirit. Complications ensue when Porter Hall, Macy's nasty in-house psychologist, arranges to have Kris locked up in Bellevue as a lunatic. Payne represents Kris at his sanity hearing, rocking the New York judicial system to its foundations by endeavoring to prove in court that Kris is, indeed, the real Santa Claus! We won't tell you how he does it: suffice to say that there's a joyous ending for Payne and O'Hara, as well as a wonderful faith-affirming denouement for little Natalie Wood. 72-year-old Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal of the "jolly old elf" Kringle; the rest of the cast is populated by such never-fail pros as Gene Lockhart (as the beleaguered sanity-hearing judge), William Frawley (as a crafty political boss), and an unbilled Thelma Ritter and Jack Albertson. Based on the novel by Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street was remade twice: once for TV in 1973, and a second time for a 1994 theatrical release, with Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2017
UPC: 0024543391890
Original Release: 1947
Source: 20Th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 3,748

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature Audio Commentary by Maureen O'Hara; Hollywood Backstories: Miracle On 34th Street; Fox MovieTone News Footage: Hollywood Spotlight; Miracle on 34th Street TV Version; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating In History; Promotional Short: Poster Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Hara Doris Walker
John Payne Fred Gailey
Edmund Gwenn Kris Kringle
Natalie Wood Susan Walker
Harry Antrim R.H. Macy
Jerome Cowan D.A. Thomas Mara
William Forrest Dr. Rogers
Herbert Heyes Mr. Gimbel
Gene Lockhart Judge Henry X. Harper
Jack Albertson Postal Worker
Lela Bliss Mrs. Shellhammer
Teddy Driver Terry
William Frawley Charles Halloran
Robert Gist Window Dresser
Jane Green Mrs. Harper
Alvin Hammer Mara's Assistant
Percy Helton Santa Claus
Richard Irving Reporters
Robert Karnes Actor
Robert Lynn Macy's Salesman
Anne O'Neal Secretary
Steve Roberts Guard
Anthony Sydes Peter
Guy Thomajan Post Office Employee
Basil Walker Intern
Porter Hall Mr. Sawyer
Philip Tonge Mr. Shellhammer
Jeff Corey Reporter
Mary Field Mother
Alvin Greenman Alfred
Theresa Harris Cleo
Robert Hyatt Thomas Mara, Jr.
Harry "Snub" Pollard Mail-Bearing Court Officer
Thelma Ritter Peter's Mother
James Seay Dr. Pierce

Technical Credits
George Seaton Director,Screenwriter
Lloyd Ahern Cinematographer
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Valentine Davies Original Story
Richard Day Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Irvine Art Director
Arthur L. Kirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Lansing Set Decoration/Design
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
William Perlberg Producer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Robert L. Simpson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Miracle on 34th Street
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. A Mistake with the Reindeer [1:26]
3. Replacement Santa [1:27]
4. Macy's Thanksgiving Parade [3:29]
5. The 50-Yard Line [1:32]
6. Christmas Commercialism [1:46]
7. A New Sales Tactic [3:58]
8. Susan Meets Kris Kringle [2:35]
9. A Store with a Heart [3:16]
10. Mental Examination [:14]
11. A Lesson in Pretending [6:27]
12. Susan's Christmas Wish [1:51]
13. The Christmas Spirit Grows [3:43]
14. Alfred's Guilt Complex [5:19]
15. Sawyer's Bump [:46]
16. Kris Gets Committed [2:35]
17. Anything But Routine [2:31]
18. Kringle's Kourt Kase [3:42]
19. Differences of Opinion [3:06]
20. Is There or Is There Not a Santa Claus? [:56]
21. Susan's Letter [1:06]
22. Many Pieces of Evidence [1:27]
23. Christmas Morning [2:36]
24. Believe and Receive [3:39]
25. Chapter 25 [2:10]
1. Chapter 1 [9:57]
2. Chapter 2 [8:42]
3. Chapter 3 [2:34]
4. Chapter 4 [:42]
5. Chapter 5 [:09]
1. Chapter 1 [7:40]
2. Chapter 2 [7:18]
3. Chapter 3 [7:46]
4. Chapter 4 [7:12]
5. Chapter 5 [8:28]
6. Chapter 6 [7:35]
1. Chapter 1 [:02]
2. Chapter 2 [10:02]
3. Chapter 3 [5:04]
4. Chapter 4 [:23]

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