Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, Phillip Tonge

Thanksgiving Day, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and the Santa is falling down drunk and a kindly white whiskered old man takes his place as Macy’s Santa.  He’s a hit with the kids, and with the parents, especially with the adults after he starts giving parents advice on where to find the gifts they need when Macy’s doesn’t have it.  Originally fired for doing this, Mr. Macy loves it, and Macy’s becomes the caring store that is not interested in greed.  But Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) who is the one who hires him,  is divorced and very down on magic and imagination.  She wants her little girl Susan (Natalie Wood) to always know the truth and not believe in fairy tales or stories nor play games.  Mr. Kringle sets out to win out both Susie and her Mother so he works on him.   The grinch psychiatrist gets Chris in trouble, and he has to go to court to prove he’s really Santa.

This is one of the most beloved of the classic Christmas films.  The characters are all wonderful.  Maureen O’Hara is the perfect business woman and single mom and Natalie Wood as the child Susie is amazing as always.  When it comes to the trial, I love the way they handled this in this version as I mentioned in my review of the remake version.  I’m not sure why they changed it, because the ending of this version is one of the greatest moments ever filmed.  It’s certainly a wonderful story!

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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