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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Movies - Day 18 - Miracle on 34th Street

Going back to another classic for Day 18 of 25 Days of Christmas Movies with Miracle on 34th Street (1947) starring Maureen O’Hara and a young Natalie Wood. Not sure if this flick isn’t partly a very long commercial for Macy’s, but I don’t care. It’s brilliant.  Doris, a divorced mother who doesn’t let her daughter, Susan, believe in fairy tales like Santa Claus. Then she hires a man (Edmond Gwenn) to be Santa, first for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and later for the store. Turns out, the guy thinks he really is Kris Kringle…and he might be right.

The epic court battle to have Kris confined to a mental hospital is hilarious. I especially love the poor judge who now has to deal with a child who hates him for putting Santa Claus on trial. And there is no better ending than the post office sending every single
Santa letters to the courtroom. When was the last time the post office got credit for saving anyone’s day?

Quick…does anyone remember what Susan wanted for Christmas?

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  1. Yes she wanted this house she saw in a magazine so much she kept the picture of it. B

    1. You're right Babbie. Don't you love Natalie Wood in this movie?