1941-1950ComedyDramaGeorge SeatonUSA

George Seaton – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


Doris Walker a no-nonsense Macy’s executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he’s the real Santa Claus. But, he has many skeptics like Doris and her six year old daughter, Susan. So Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus? Written by Kelly

A charmer filled to the brim with easy to take sentimentalism. George Seaton directs and co-writes this competent comedy fantasy, a film based on the story by Valentine Davies and shot in black and white. It’s an American classic perennially shown on TV during the Christmas season, though far from perfect (many dull spots in the middle) it locks in on something yearned for by the public that is wholesome and delivers what it promises in an enjoyable manner. It won Oscars for Edmund Gwenn as Supporting Actor and for Seaton as screenwriter. It also marked the screen debut of Thelma Ritter in a fleeting minor part as a beleaguered housewife. -Dennis Schwartz



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