Miracle on 34th Street Review
By Christopher Null
Santa on trial! This Christmas classic has the inimitable Edmund Gwenn (who won an Oscar for his role) in full Santa regalia, wandering through Manhattan and telling a storefront setup guy he's got the reindeer out of order in the window display. The lighthearted comedy continues as Kris Kringle gets a job a Macy's department store... where he promptly begins sending customers elsewhere. This in turn lands him in a shrink's office and en route to a sanitarium. That's right: Good customer service is completely insane! The third act of the film gives it its rousing core, as Kringle is seated before a judge to prove he isn't crazy. The outpouring of support for him (including nonbeliever Maureen O'Hara and daughter Natalie Wood) makes the movie utterly priceless and unforgettable. You want the spirit of Christmas? It's all right here.
A new special edition DVD includes both the black and white and colorized versions of the film, a commentary track, and several archival featurettes and shorts.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 2nd May 1947
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 44 Rotten: 2
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