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Miracle on 34th Street [1947] (1 disc)

Director:George Seaton
Writer:George Seaton
Composer:Cyril J. Mockridge
Length:97 minutes
(1 hour 37 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
Sorting Tub:Foxtrot
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A man claiming to be Santa Claus causes quite a stir in New York.

Reaction: Classic christmas cinema.

Personal Rating: 8/10

George Seaton => Director / Writer
Cyril J. Mockridge => Composer
Alvin Greenman => Alfred
Edmund Gwenn => Kris Kringle
Gene Lockhart => Judge Henry X. Harper
Harry Antrim => Mr. R. H. Macy
Herbert Heyes => Mr. Gimble
Jack Albertson => Post Office mail sorter next to Lou
James Seay => Dr. Pierce
Jerome Cowan => Dist. Atty. Thomas Mara
John Payne => Fred Gailey
Maureen O'Hara => Doris Walker
Natalie Wood => Susan Walker
Philip Tonge => Julian Shellhammer
Porter Hall => Granville Sawyer
Robert Hyatt => Thomas Mara - Jr.
William Frawley => Charlie Halloran

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Cinematographer [?] Charles G. Clarke was taken off the picture and sent to Mexico to finish principal photography on the troubled production of Captain from Castile. [?] Lloyd Ahern replaced him.
  • In the untranslated dialogue with the Dutch girl, Santa Claus asks the child what she wants for Christmas the girl says she wants nothing, telling Santa she got her gift by being adopted by her new mother.
  • According to Hedda Hopper's "Looking at Hollywood" newspaper column of May 3, 1947 "when the picture opens at the Roxy, Macy's will close for half a day so it's 12,000 employees can see the first showing."
  • The Dutch girl spoke true Dutch, but with a heavy American accent.
  • The scenes at Macy's were shot on location at the main New York store on 34th Street itself. Shooting was complicated by the fact that the crew's power needs exceeded the store's electricity capacity and required additional power sources arranged in the store's basement.
  • Maureen O'Hara was ultimately forced into her role against her will, as she had just returned to Ireland before being called back to America for the film. However, she immediately changed her sentiments upon reading the script.
  • Despite the fact that the film is set during Christmas, studio head [?] Darryl F. Zanuck insisted that it be released in May because he argued that more people went to the movies during the summer. So the studio began scrambling to promote it while keeping the fact that it was a Christmas movie a secret.