Miracle on 34th Street - OriginalBy Jane Louise Boursaw
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: 1947
Running Time: 96 min.
Kaboose Review: Does Santa Claus really exist? This movie makes a pretty good case. Maureen O’Hara plays Doris Walker, a no-nonsense Macy's executive desperately searching for a new store Santa. She hires a nice old man named Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), who insists that he's the real Santa Claus. After Kris is sent to an insane asylum, a young lawyer (John Payne) decides to defend him by arguing in court that he truly is the real thing. Still, Doris and her six-year-old daughter, Susan (scene-stealer Natalie Wood) are skeptical, until - well, I won’t give it away if you haven’t seen it yet! For very young kids, the idea that Santa ISN’T real might be disturbing - even though it appears that he truly is real at the end. Still, I think this movie is best suited for kids seven and up.
Directed by: George Seaton
Cast: Maureen O'Hara (Doris Walker), Natalie Wood (Susan Walker), John Payne (Fred Gailey), Edmund Gwenn (Kris Kringle)