Miracle on 34th Street

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At the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Day parade, the actor playing Santa is discovered to be drunk by a whiskered old man. Doris Walker, the no nonsense special events director, persuades the old man to take his place. The old man proves to be a sensation and is quickly recruited to be the store Santa at the main Macy's outlet. While he is successful, Ms. Walker learns that he calls himself Kris Kringle and he claims to be the actual Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle's doctor that he is harmless, Doris still has misgivings, especially when she has cynically trained herself, and especially her daughter, Susan, to reject all notions of belief and fantasy. And yet, people, especially Susan, begin to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him and succeeding in improbable ways. When a raucous conflict with the store's cruelly incompetent psychologist erupts, Kris ...

Director: George Seaton
Writer: George Seaton (written for the screen by), Valentine Davies (story)
Production: N/A
Year: 1947
MetaScore: 88/100
ImdbRating: 7.9
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 02 Oct 1947
Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination.


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Doris Walker - Maureen O'Hara
Fred Gailey - John Payne
Kris Kringle - Edmund Gwenn
Judge Henry X. Harper - Gene Lockhart
Susan Walker - Natalie Wood
Granville Sawyer - Porter Hall
Charlie Halloran - William Frawley
Dist. Atty. Thomas Mara - Jerome Cowan
Julian Shellhammer - Philip Tonge
Post Office Mail Sorter Next to Lou - Jack Albertson
Mr. R.H. Macy - Harry Antrim
Mrs. Shellhammer - Lela Bliss
Judge's Clerk - Walden Boyle
Child on Santa's Lap - Kevin Burke
Secretary - Dorothy Christy
Department Store Head - Dick Cogan
Reporter - Jeff Corey
Double for Natalie Wood - Sheryl Deauville
Court Bailiff - Mike Donovan
Terry - Teddy Driver
Dutch Girl's Adopted Mother - Mary Field
Doctor Rogers at Bellevue - William Forrest
Chauffeur - Jack Gargan
Department Store Window Dresser - Robert Gist
Mrs. Harper - Jane Green
George - Alvin Hammer
Drunken Santa Claus - Percy Helton
Mr. Gimbel - Herbert Heyes
Patron in Macy's Lunchroom - Clark Howat
Thomas Mara Jr. - Robert Hyatt
Reporter - Richard Irving
Second Bellevue Interne - Robert Karnes
Customer - Fran Lee
Dutch Girl - Marlene Lyden
Macy Salesman - Robert Lynn
Woman in Santa Line - Mae Marsh
Drum Majorette - Ida McGuire
Miss Adams - Jean O'Donnell
Secretary to Mr. Sawyer - Anne O'Neal
Mail-Bearing Court Officer - 'Snub' Pollard
Macy Salesman - Lorin Raker
Court Officer Bearing Mail - Bob Reeves
Peter's Mother - Thelma Ritter
Security Guard - Stephen Roberts
Courtroom Reporter - Jeffrey Sayre
Dr. Pierce - James Seay
R.H. Macy's Secretary - Irene Shirley
Alice - Patty Smith
Court Officer Bearing Mail - Ray Spiker
Mrs. Mara - Ann Staunton
Bellevue Intern - Basil Walker