Miracle on 34th Street Overview:

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by George Seaton and produced by William Perlberg.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Valentine Davies published in 1947.


After It's a Wonderful Life (1946), this is the ultimate Hollywood Christmas movie, featuring Gwenn as the real Kris Kringle playing a department-store Santa who teacher the true meaning of Christmas to a doubting 9-year-old Wood, O'Hara's daughter. A sentimental slice of Americana that still brings a smile. Ritter's screen debut. Remade in 1973 and 1994. The 50th-anniversary edition includes remastered footage and a promotional short.

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Miracle on 34th Street was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2005.

Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorEdmund GwennWon
Best WritingValentine DaviesWon
Best WritingGeorge SeatonWon
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated

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75 years and five versions of Miracle on 34th Street

on Dec 21, 2022 From Comet Over Hollywood

Released on June 4, 1947, the 20th Century Fox film, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET celebrates 75 years in 2022. Since its release, the film and story have continued to be a holiday favorite. While the 1947 film continues to be celebrated, the story was retold and adapted for five times over the span of 47 ... Read full article

Maureen O'Hara and John Payne experience the "Miracle on 34th Street"

By Stephen Reginald on Dec 13, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Maureen O'Hara and John Payne experience the "Miracle on 34th Street" Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is a comedy-drama directed by George Seaton and starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn. Others in the cast include Natalie Wood, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Jerome Cowan, William F... Read full article

Review: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 24, 2018 From 4 Star Films

From its opening motif of a man nitpicking the arrangement of reindeer in a shop window, Miracle on 34th Street skates away on a delightful journey that evokes both fanciful whimsy and a liberal amount of holiday sentimentality. However, it also one of the finest examples and greatest purveyors of h... Read full article

25 Days of Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

on Dec 22, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

This review originally ran on December 20th, 2011.? My thoughts on the film itself haven’t changed, and have only grown. Natalie Wood continues to astound me, and the film has such love embedded in it. How can I say I’m a film fan, and actually write reviews for a living, if I’ve o... Read full article

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

on Dec 1, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

I gave my thoughts on 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street in a previous review which you can peruse here before reading my thoughts on the remake. I was rather harsh regarding this remake in my original review, if only because I’ve grown to accept this film’s faults and praise what it do... Read full article

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Quotes from

Fred Gailey: Is it true that you're the owner of one of the biggest department stores in New York City?
Mr. R. H. Macy: THE biggest!

Fred Gailey: All my life I've wondered something, and now's my chance to find out. I'm going to find the answer to a question that's puzzled the world for centuries. Does Santa Claus sleep with his whiskers outside or in?
Kris Kringle: Always sleep with them out. Cold air makes them grow.

[Doris is trying to convince Susan there is no Santa Claus]
Susan Walker: But when he spoke Dutch to that girl...
Doris Walker: Susan, I speak French, but that doesn't make me Joan of Arc.

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Facts about

Both the actual Macy's and Gimbels department stores were approached by the producers for permission to have them depicted in the film. Both stores wanted to see the finished film first before they gave approval. If either store had refused, the film would have had to been extensively edited and reshot to eliminate the references. Fortunately at the test viewing, both businesses were pleased with the film and gave their permission.
The role of Kris was originally offered to Cecil Kellaway, who turned it down. The role went to Edmund Gwenn, Kellaway's cousin. Cecil Kellaway did play Santa in the Bewitched script A Vision of Sugar Plums, which featured child star Bill Mumy.
In a separately filmed promotional trailer, actor Charles Tannen plays studio head Ed Schaeffer, a thinly disguised impersonation of Darryl F. Zanuck, and George E. Stone, Gene Nelson, and Harry Seymour play other studio executives at a mock screening of what was to be the original trailer for the film.
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Miracle on 34th Street

Released 1947
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