Watched George Seaton's 1947 Christmas Classic "Miracle On 34th Street"

"Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to."
--Fred Gailey as played by
John Payne in Miracle on 34th Street

Even though
Miracle on 34th Street released in the month of May, it has been a Christmas classic for decades. Released in 1947, this film won three Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture. Today is Christmas, so there's no better time to see this movie.

The story starts with Kris Kringle in New York City. After he discovers a man playing Santa Claus in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is drunk, he complains to the event director Doris Walker, and she persuades him to take his place.

He does such a great job that he's asked to be Santa in Macy's flagship New York City store (on 34th Street). (J and I took this photo of that Macy's from the top of the Empire State Building).

While working at the store, Kris recommends products from other stores besides Macy's, and the shoppers just love it. They couldn't believe Macy's would put the Christmas spirit before their own sales.

The story centers on Kris making both the event director Doris and her daughter Susan believe that he is really Santa Claus. Doris is a skeptic and has raised Susan to be as well.

Maureen O'Hara plays Doris Walker, and John Payne plays Fred Gailey, Doris's next door neighbor who is also interested in her.

Doris's daughter Susan is played by a very young
Natalie Wood.

Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a role which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

I absolutely loved this film. Many have called it the best Christmas film ever made, and I see no reason to argue with that. It's a movie that will warm the heart. The dialogue was fun and witty, and the acting is great. I know most people have seen this, but if you haven't, check it out.

Merry Christmas!

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