Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
In this beloved Christmas classic starring John Payne and Maureen O’Hara, an elderly gentleman going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn who won an Oscar for his performance; Best Actor in a Supporting Role) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.
Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
Miracle on 34th Street won two further Academy Awards: Valentine Davies for Best Writing, Original Story, and George Seaton for Best Writing, Screenplay.
“Miracle on 34th Street is a dandy” – The New York Times (1947 review)
“After It’s A Wonderful Life, there really is no better flick to curl up with over the festive season” – Total Film ★★★★