#18. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Do you believe?

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Miracle on 34th Street is one of those classic Christmas movies that continues to steal your heart no matter what your age. With its simple, yet significant message of faith and love, it inspires audiences each year.

 

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Payne, O’Hara, & Wood

In this Christmas classic, Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood star as a mother and daughter who both have a little too much common sense and not enough faith. Doris Walker (O’Hara), an executive with Macy’s department store enlists a man named Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to serve as a last minute replacement for the drunken Santa and to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. After a phenomenal “performance” as Santa Claus, he is hired to become the official Macy’s store Santa—a coveted job for any Santa impersonator. Although, Kringle’s authentic portrayal of Santa Claus quickly wins the hearts of many, he is determined to restore a sense of faith to a non believing Doris and Susan (Wood). Unfortunately, Kringle’s claims of really being Santa Claus cause complications that lead him to a mental ward. One of Kris’s most faithful believers—and O’Hara’s love interest throughout the film—is lawyer, Fred Gailey (John Payne). With a little help from Gailey, Kris needs to defend his sanity and prove his authenticity.

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