Movie Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, 1947

Festival Reviews

Top Christmas Movie of All-Time

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, 1947
Movie Review
Directed by George Seaton
Starring: Maureen O’Hara; John Payne; Edmund Gwenn
Review by Tom Coatsworth

SYNOPSIS:

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

REVIEW:

This movie was made with great care. It tells in the writing — which won it’s director an Academy Award. It tells in the casting — there is not one performance that seems at odds with the whole. There is not one extra who doesn’t fit perfectly into the overall work. The photography is beautiful. The direction is confident and invisible.

Kris Kringle is alive and well and roaming the streets of Manhattan. The beginning of the film follows a man in a fedora and overcoat in a montage…

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