Have a CD - Book or DVD you would
like reviewed on this site? Mail to:
The Serious Comedy Site
41 Deblois
St-Nicephore Qc J2A 2M6

Comedy Movies - Miracle on 34th Street


Miracle on 34th Street
Edmund Gwen, Natalie Wood
Directed by George Seaton
20th Century Fox 1947
97 minutes

Whatever you do, do not watch the colorized version of Miracle On 34th Street, the great Christmas movie. The process just does not work and makes everything look wrong. Even the pickiest of kids will soon forget about this being black and white once they get into the story.

There is a debate about whether Miracle on 34th Street (the original and not the 1994 remake with Richard Attenborough) or It's a Wonderful Life are the ultimate Christmas movie. Debating such a thing is about as pointless ad debating how many Clarences can dance on a pin but Miracle On 34th Street is perhaps the better of the two simply because it cuts to the chase faster: Kid (Natalie Wood) does not believe in Christmas.

Edmund Gwen may have been the ultimate silver screen Santa. An Academy Award (1947) and Golden Globe (1948) winner as Best Supporting Actor went to Gwenn for his portrayal of Kris Kringle. Notable in Miracle on 34th Street is the scene where Santa Claus recommends to shoppers they shop at the competition for certain products and this becomes a marketing coup (unlike the first Christmas Parade sponsored by Eaton's in Toronto where everybody went to the competition because there were too many people outside the Eaton's store).

As in any movie about "believing in the magic of Christmas" the doubters of Kris Kringle being the real Santa Claus get their comeuppance. The other classic scene in Miracle on 34th Street is of course the courtroom scene where the identity of Kris Kringle is established when the U.S. Post Office delivers the mail to Santa Claus during his trial.

Of course, all is well that ends well. The little girls finds the spirit of Christmas, the couple falls in love, Santa Claus is Santa Claus and so on and so on. Miracle on 34th Street is simply a must-see Christmas movie.

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 9.7" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology