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Miracle on 34th Street (1973)

Miracle on 34th Street

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The 1947 film comedy Miracle on 34th Street starred Edmund Gwenn as a bearded gentleman named Kris Kringle, who was convinced that he was the genuine Santa Claus. The earlier Miracle was good enough as it stood, so why remake it? Still, the full-color 1973 Miracle on 34th Street has the considerable advantage of Sebastian Cabot, his trademarked beard dyed snowy white, as Kringle, so it isn't as bad as expected. The story, which involves the commercial and legal ramifications of the "real" Santa taking a job as a department store Santa at Macy's, was barely updated for the 1970s, meaning that several of the plot devices--including a nasty psychiatrist who has Kringle committed--were somewhat anachronistic. The uplifting final scene, wherein a cynical little girl becomes a true believer of Santa Claus (as do the adults in the story), still works well in the remake, even though Suzanne Davidson isn't in the same league as the original Miracle's Natalie Wood. The TV-movie version of Miracle on 34th Street wasn't too successful, but that didn't stop John Hughes from churning out a second remake in 1994.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jeb Rosebrook
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20th Century Fox Television

Cast

Sebastian Cabot
as Kris Kringle
Jane Alexander
as Karen Walker
David Hartman
as Bill Schaffner
Suzanne Davidson
as Susan Walker
Roddy McDowall
as Dr. Henry Sawyer
David F. Doyle
as R.H. Macy
David Doyle
as R.H. Macy
Jim Backus
as Horace Shellhammer
Tom Bosley
as Judge Henry X. Harpe...
James Gregory
as Deputy DA Thomas J. ...
Roland Winters
as Mr. Gimbel
Liam Dunn
as Mr. Tucker
Conrad Janis
as Dr. Pierce
Ellen Weston
as Celeste
Jack Bernardi
as Shop Owner
Janice Carroll
as Mrs. Adams
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