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Miracle on 34th Street (1959)

In this charming TV adaptation of the 1947 film classic, a kindly old gentleman (Thomas Mitchell) working as a Macy's department store Santa causes a commotion when he claims to be the real... See full summary »

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William Corrigan

Writers:

Valentine Davies (story), George Seaton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Ed Wynn ... Kris Kringle
Peter Lind Hayes ... Fred Gaily
Mary Healy ... Doris Walker
Orson Bean ... Dr. William Sawyer
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Mr. Shellhammer
Hiram Sherman Hiram Sherman ... R. H. Macy
Susan Gordon ... Susan Walker
Larry Weber Larry Weber ... Mr. Mara (as Lawrence Weber)
John Gibson John Gibson ... Judge Harper
Joseph Walsh ... Al - Post Office Employee (as Joey Walsh)
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Lou - Post Office Employee (as Arnie Freeman)
William Post Jr. ... Mr. Gimbel
Shirley Egleston Shirley Egleston ... Peter's Mother (as Shirley Eggleston)
Frank Daly Frank Daly ... The Bailiff
William Griffis William Griffis ... First Santa Claus
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In this charming TV adaptation of the 1947 film classic, a kindly old gentleman (Thomas Mitchell) working as a Macy's department store Santa causes a commotion when he claims to be the real St. Nick. Forced to prove his sanity, he is taken to court where he must convince the judge and his friends that he actually is Santa Claus. The faith of one skeptical little girl (Sandy Descher) and a Christmas miracle are the keys to his true identit

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Special Tonight - Ed Wynn, Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy in a new production of the famous Christmas classic. (Newspaper and TV listings ad cut).

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Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This show was thought to be lost for many years, as it was done live and in color on NBC the day after Thanksgiving in 1959. NBC made a kinescope of the program for broadcasting the show on the West Coast, as was customary at the time. The copy was in a large collection of kinescopes donated by NBC to the Library of Congress in 1986 and recently unearthed by Richard Finegan, who reported his quest and experiences in the December 2005 issue of "Classic Images". A special screening of the show was held at the Library of Congress in December 2005 with Susan Gordon, who played Susan Walker in the program, attending. She was able to watch her performance for the first time. See more »

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Version of Miracle on 34th Street (1994) See more »

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Good, but too short.
29 April 2019 | by cinephile-27690See all my reviews

This takes a 97 minute movie and squeezes it down to 45 minutes. That's the problem. It tries to condense a classic movie for the sake of a 1 hour TV show.

While is this is entertaining, it begs the question: Why a 1 hour version of a classic movie? Would you do a 1 hour:

*Citizen Kane?

*2001: A Space Odyssey?

*It's A Wonderful Life?

*The Godfather?

*The Sound of Music?

Probably not! This is a good adaptation of Miracle, but not the best-for that very reason.

PS, Alfred from the original 1947 classic is NOT in this adaptation.


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