Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

DailyView: Day 234, Movie 322

One of the all-time classic Christmas movies is today’s DailyView. Miracle on 34th Street has one of the most iconic scenes in all of movies and I have, of course, seen that section of the film. I have never seen the entire movie though and that makes this eligible for the DailyView.

Christmas store Santa, Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) claimed to be the real Santa Claus and, because of his belief, winds up being committed at Bellevue. He had been tremendously successful at Macy’s, having the support of the bosses and the woman who hired him, Doris (Maureen O’Hara), and her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood).

John Payne played Fred Gailey, a lawyer who winds up in a relationship with Doris.

Edmund Gwenn is extremely charming in this role. He performs his role as if he were truly Santa Claus. He is easily the best part of the movie as his Academy Award win for Best Actor can attest.

Miracle on 34th Street is a sweet movie with a funny, kindly story of a man who just wants to be Santa Claus, and has been proven to be so by the fancy lawyer tricks of his lawyer.

This was the famous scene during the hearing on Kris Kringle when Fred had bags and bags of letters delivered from the Post Office to Kris at the court house admitted as evidence that the Federal governmental agency the Post office recognized Kris as the real Santa Claus. What I did not know about that scene was that it was dumb luck on Fred’s part as the Post Office sent the letters to the court house as a way of getting rid of them. I guess it wasn’t as much of a fancy lawyer trick as I had always believed it to be.

This is a Christmas classic and is a wonderful story for all people.

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