Since tomorrow is Christmas, it is only fitting to watch one of the finest of Christmas films. In the past sixty-six years, dozens, if not hundreds of Christmas movies have been released. Yet few, if any, have the tenacious appeal of "Miracle on 34th Street," which came out in 1947.
In "Miracle on 34th Street," Kris Kringle (played by Edmund Gwenn), a friendly old man, finds that the person playing Santa Claus in the Macy's Department Store Thanksgiving Parade is drunk. Doris Walker (played by Maureen O'Hara), the efficient and unsentimental director of the parade gets Kris to replace him, and he does a great job. This lands him a job playing Santa at a department store. Kris says he really is Santa, but no one believes him. He befriends Doris's precocious young daughter (played by Natalie Wood), who does not believe in Santa Claus and tries to convince her that he is real.
"Miracle on 34th Street" has great performances from everyone in the cast. Edmund Gwenn is perfect as the wise and loving Kris Kringle. His stellar performance won him an Academy Award. Natalie Wood is also very good as the skeptical little girl.
There are many great scenes in the film. Among the most memorable are the scenes in court near the end. Kris's lawyer is Doris's boyfriend, who cleverly finds a way for the judge and district attorney to authenticate Kris's identity.
"Miracle on 34th Street" is a movie that should be watched at least once around Christmas time every year.