Miracle on 34th Street
The 1947 black and white holiday classic is my 2nd most favorite movie to watch at Christmas time. It’s the wonderful story of a jolly old man dragged to an insane asylum and forced to defend his good name; that name being, Santa Claus.
Who would ever question the fine standing, giving, personable, nobility of a cherished being such as Kris Kringle? Who are the dastardly non-believers that reject the good nature and superior qualities that encompass such a holy man? Mr. Sawyer for one and Ms. Walker as well! At least to a degree…
Miracle on 34th Street is a story of Santa in New York City. The movie starts with our hero taking a stroll down a mid-town Manhattan sidewalk. While watching the preparations for the grand spectacle that is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kris notices the hired Santa inebriated. Hilarity and high jinx ensues.
Edmund Gwenn who plays Kris Kringle seeks out Ms. Walker (Maureen O’Hara) to report on the shameful display by the intoxicated ineffective pretender. When the hapless Santa falls asleep on the job, Ms. Walker offers the job to Kris, “Could you be our Santa Claus? Have you had much experience?” She convinces Kris to replace the drunken Santa, “The children mustn’t be disappointed.”
The story involves the still bitter and disillusioned (over her failed marriage) Ms. Doris Walker who plays mother to the cynical 6 year old Susan played by Natalie Wood. John Payne as Fred Gailey with the help of Kris Kringle looks to turn them both into believers.
Here are a number of great quotes from the movie.
I can’t imagine anyone having ever not seen this great movie. It still plays year after year on television during Thanksgiving and Christmas and will continue to be shown due to its great message of hope and holiday cheer. Make it a point to catch this favorite… or, own it like I do.