Miracle On 34th Street (1947)Closed Captioning
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The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentlemen with twinkling eyes, and ample belly, and a snowy beard is hired as Macy's department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit - except for his boss, Doris Walker, who's raising her daughter Susan to not believe in Santa but when Kris is declared insane and put on trail everyone's faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 44
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [Let us] heartily proclaim that it is the freshest little picture in a long time, and maybe even the best comedy of this year.
Fresh: A surefire, brightly cynical bit of whimsy.
Fresh: So you don't believe in Santa Claus? If you want to stay a non-believer don't see Miracle.
Fresh: A Christmas season evergreen.
This movie answers the question, "Is there really a Santa Claus?" But fortunately the answer is charmingly ambiguous.
Although produced in 1947 and best seen in the original black and white, this movie resonates today. The heroine is a strong single mother as well as a top executive. She does not live in a fantasy world. The leading man is her match and is attracted to her indepedence. And of course, that old man just might be Santa Claus! Whoever he is, we learn the importance of love, trust, friendship, and family from him.
One of the many joys of this movie is watching Natalie Woods as the serious little girl who learns to trust.
A Miricle on 34th Street gives a reason for believing in Santa Claus. Watching this movie is a Christmas tradition to share.
this movie is amazing. i just saw it today for the first time. i love it and i want to watch it every year. I want to see the new one, but the originals are always the best!
My Absolute Favorite Christmas Movie
I have been waiting for iTunes to offer this movie. It did not seem right that the newer version, which cannot compare, was available before this one. There are other older versions out there, but none measure up to this version. It's just magic!
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 1947
- © 1947 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Renewed 1979 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.