Director: George Seaton Cast: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, Philip Tonge, Thelma Ritter (uncredited), William Hoehne Jr. (uncredited)
Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn); Best Original Story (Valentine Davies); Best Screenplay (George Seaton)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture
I First Saw In: 2015
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.
Did You Know? At only eight years old at the time of filming, Natalie Wood was convinced that Edmund Gwenn really was Santa Claus, until he showed up at the wrap party without his beard.
Quotables: SHELLHAMMER: But… but maybe he’s only a little crazy like painters or composers or… or some of those men in Washington.
And now a Word from the Guise:
Miracle on 34th Street was one of the very first stage productions that I appeared in. So this story holds a very special place in my heart, though this is the first time I’ve seen the original film. It’s such an endearing story that reminds us all that the magic of Christmas is more than just presents and lights and ornaments and commercialism. It’s about faith, and I don’t simply mean faith in a higher power, but faith in each other.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233