Miracle on 34th Street [70th Anniversary] [Blu-ray]

Miracle on 34th Street [70th Anniversary] [Blu-ray]

Director: George Seaton Cast: Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
, John Payne
John Payne
, Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
George Seaton
Miracle on 34th Street [70th Anniversary] [Blu-ray]

Miracle on 34th Street [70th Anniversary] [Blu-ray]

Director: George Seaton Cast: Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
, John Payne
John Payne
, Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
George Seaton

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Overview

Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy's toy-department Santa. Supervisor Maureen O'Hara soon begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris: it's bad enough that he is laboring under the delusion that he's the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can't find at Macy's, he's gone too far! Amazingly, Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) considers Kris' shopping tips to be an excellent customer-service "gimmick," and insists that the old fellow keep his job. A resident of a Long Island retirement home, Kris agrees to take a room with lawyer John Payne during the Christmas season. It happens that Payne is sweet on O'Hara, and Kris subliminally hopes he can bring the two together. Kris is also desirous of winning over the divorced O'Hara's little daughter Natalie Wood, who in her few years on earth has lost a lot of the Christmas spirit. Complications ensue when Porter Hall, Macy's nasty in-house psychologist, arranges to have Kris locked up in Bellevue as a lunatic. Payne represents Kris at his sanity hearing, rocking the New York judicial system to its foundations by endeavoring to prove in court that Kris is, indeed, the real Santa Claus! We won't tell you how he does it: suffice to say that there's a joyous ending for Payne and O'Hara, as well as a wonderful faith-affirming denouement for little Natalie Wood. 72-year-old Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his portrayal of the "jolly old elf" Kringle; the rest of the cast is populated by such never-fail pros as Gene Lockhart (as the beleaguered sanity-hearing judge), William Frawley (as a crafty political boss), and an unbilled Thelma Ritter and Jack Albertson. Based on the novel by Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street was remade twice: once for TV in 1973, and a second time for a 1994 theatrical release, with Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2017
UPC: 0024543391913
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Language: English
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 14,336

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Maureen O'Hara; Hollywood Backstories: Miracle On 34th Street; Fox Movietonews: Hollywood Spotlight; Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Floating in History; Promotional Short; Poster Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmund Gwenn Kris Kringle
John Payne Fred Gailey
Maureen O'Hara Doris Walker
Natalie Wood Susan Walker
Porter Hall Mr. Sawyer
Gene Lockhart Judge Henry X. Harper
William Frawley Charles Halloran
Jerome Cowan District Attorney Thomas Mara
Philip Tonge Mr. Shellhammer
Jack Albertson Post Office Employee
Harry Antrim Mr. Macy
Lela Bliss Mrs. Shellhammer
Thelma Ritter Peter's Mother
James Seay Dr. Pierce
Mary Field Mother
Theresa Harris Cleo
Alvin Greenman Albert
Anne Staunton Mrs. Mara
Robert Hyatt Thomas Mara Jr.
Richard Irving Reporter
Jeff Corey Reporter
Anne O'Neal Secretary
Anthony Sydes Peter
William Forrest Dr. Rogers
Alvin Hammer Mara's Assistant
Joseph McInerney Bailiff
Ida McGuire Drum Majorette
Percy Helton Santa Claus
Jane Green Mrs. Harper
Marlene Lyden Dutch Girl
Guy Thomajan Post Office Employee
Robert Lynn Macy's Salesman
Jean O'Donnell Secretary
Snub Pollard Mail-Bearing Court Officer,Mail-Bearing Court Officer
Robert Karnes Intern
Basil Walker Intern
Herbert Heyes Mr. Gimbel
Steve Roberts Guard
Teddy Driver Terry
Robert Gist Window Dresser
Patty Smith Alice
Walden Boyle Judge's Clerk
Dorothy Christy Secretary
Dick Cogan Department Store Head
Mike Donovan Court Bailiff
Jack Gargan Chauffeur
Cyril J. Mockridge Composer,Composer

Technical Credits
George Seaton Director,Screenwriter
William Perlberg Producer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Valentine Davies Screenwriter
Arthur L. Kirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
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