History Film / MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet

27th Nov '16 8:48:50 PM Mdumas43073
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Due to the success of the 1947 original, the story has been adapted three times for television and once as a Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] (''Here's Love''). The most notable television version was released in 1973 and starred Sebastian Cabot as Kris, Jane Alexander as Mrs. Walker, and David Hartman as the lawyer boyfriend, with a lot of smaller roles being filled by 1970s TV mainstays such as Tom Bosley playing the judge. There was a theatrically-released remake in 1994 written by Creator/JohnHughes. Richard Attenborough was cast as Kris Kringle, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker, Creator/MaraWilson as Susan, and Dylan [=McDermott=] as the lawyer boyfriend.

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Due to the success of the 1947 original, original film, the story has been adapted three times for television and once as a Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] (''Here's Love''). The most notable television version was released in 1973 and starred Sebastian Cabot as Kris, Jane Alexander as Mrs. Walker, and David Hartman as the lawyer boyfriend, with a lot of smaller roles being filled by 1970s TV mainstays such as Tom Bosley playing the judge. There was also a theatrically-released remake in 1994 written by Creator/JohnHughes. Richard Attenborough was cast as Kris Kringle, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker, Creator/MaraWilson as Susan, and Dylan [=McDermott=] as the lawyer boyfriend.
27th Nov '16 8:47:08 PM Mdumas43073
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It's December in New York, and Macy's hires a quiet but charming old man named Kris Kringle to be their [[MallSanta Department Store Santa]]. Thing is, Kris clearly sees himself as far more than just some seasonal employee: he tells customers where to find a better price on a toy (even if it means sending them to competing stores), talks to the children in their own languages, and even claims to be the real Santa! R. H. Macy is incensed -- until he sees how much goodwill Macy's is building with its customer base. Everyone becomes content to let Kris have his harmless fantasies; everyone, that is, except the company's resentful psychologist, who attempts to get him committed to a mental asylum. Things come to a head in a big showy trial, where the defense decides to argue that Kris is not insane even though he claims to be Santa Claus -- because he ''is'' Santa Claus.

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It's December in New York, and Macy's hires a quiet but charming old man named Kris Kringle to be their [[MallSanta Department Store Santa]]. Thing is, Kris clearly sees himself as far more than just some seasonal employee: he tells customers where to find a better price on a toy (even if it means sending them to competing stores), talks to the children in their own languages, and even claims to be the real Santa! Santa Claus! R. H. Macy is incensed -- until he sees how much goodwill Macy's is building with its customer base. Everyone becomes content to let Kris have his harmless fantasies; everyone, that is, except the company's store's resentful psychologist, who attempts to get him committed to a mental asylum. Things come to a head in a big showy trial, where the defense decides to argue that Kris is not insane even though he claims to be Santa Claus -- because he ''is'' Santa Claus.
17th Nov '16 5:03:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: None of the adaptations ever explicitly declare Kris to be Santa, though the 1947 and 1973 versions hint at some truth to it via TheStinger when [[spoiler: Kris' cane appears in the new house that he shouldn't have ever been able to visit.]] The 1973 happy couple just laughs it off, but in 1947, Fred about has a heart attack. The 1994 version is much more leaning towards the "magic" than the "mundane", and also delivers a line from Kris to the prosecutor at the end of the trial that is basically an admission of it ([[spoiler: he asks if the prosecutor did anything about his TV antenna since the previous year Kris tore his pants on it last Christmas.]]

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: None of the adaptations ever explicitly declare Kris to be Santa, though the 1947 and 1973 versions hint at some truth to it via TheStinger when [[spoiler: Kris' cane appears in the new house that he shouldn't have ever been able to visit.]] The 1973 happy couple just laughs it off, but in 1947, Fred about has a heart attack. The 1994 version is much more leaning towards the "magic" than the "mundane", and also delivers a line from Kris to the prosecutor at the end of the trial that is basically an admission of it ([[spoiler: he asks if the prosecutor did anything about his TV antenna since the previous year Kris tore his pants on it last Christmas.]]Christmas]].)
1st Oct '16 9:34:01 PM Kirayoshi
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* ThinkOfTheChildren: A mild example; when Doris first asks Kris to substitute for the drunken Santa whom she had just fired, he initially refused, then pauses and says, "The children mustn't be disappointed," before agreeing to become Macy's new Santa.
16th Aug '16 7:21:42 PM AdamC
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Pierce, the geriatric who runs the assisted-living home Chris stays in at the beginning of the movie. While he doesn't believe Chris to be Santa Claus, and is upfront about the fact that this belief is a delusion brought on by senility, he points out that this delusion doesn't make him dangerous or dysfunctional, and Chris is capable of holding down a job. Curiously, this is one of the bigger narrative hints that Chris might actually not be Santa (all other authority figures who say he's not are strawmen you're meant to disagree with) and he's absent from most other adaptations.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Pierce, the geriatric geriatrician who runs the assisted-living home Chris stays in at the beginning of the movie. While he doesn't believe Chris to be Santa Claus, and is upfront about the fact that this belief is a delusion brought on by senility, he points out that this delusion doesn't make him dangerous or dysfunctional, and Chris is capable of holding down a job. Curiously, this is one of the bigger narrative hints that Chris might actually not be Santa (all other authority figures who say he's not are strawmen you're meant to disagree with) and he's absent from most other adaptations.
16th Aug '16 7:21:21 PM AdamC
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Pierce, the geriatric who runs the assisted-living home Chris stays in at the beginning of the movie. While he doesn't believe Chris to be Santa Claus, and is upfront about the fact that this belief is a delusion brought on by senility, he points out that this delusion doesn't make him dangerous or dysfunctional, and Chris is capable of holding down a job. Curiously, this is one of the bigger narrative hints that Chris might actually not be Santa (all other authority figures who say he's not are strawmen you're meant to disagree with) and he's absent from most other adaptations.
11th Aug '16 8:52:22 AM NoxSky12599
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With a holiday twist. Besides Fred and Kris himself, most of the characters in the film are simply looking out for themselves. What's actually pretty brilliant is the fact that lots of cynical players and actors end up accidentally helping Kris out - the judge's desire to be re-elected, the postal workers' desire to get rid of the Santa letters, and the NYC newspapers' desire for a juicy story. Without all those people's utterly self-serving actions, Fred would have lost the case.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With a holiday twist. Besides Fred and Kris himself, most of the characters in the film are [[EnlightenedSelfInterest simply looking out for themselves.themselves]]. What's actually pretty brilliant is the fact that lots of cynical players and actors end up accidentally helping Kris out - the judge's desire to be re-elected, the postal workers' desire to get rid of the Santa letters, and the NYC newspapers' desire for a juicy story. Without all those people's utterly self-serving actions, Fred would have lost the case.
18th Jul '16 3:42:41 PM Mdumas43073
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Due to the success of the 1947 original, the story has been adapted three times for television and once as a Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] (''Here's Love''). The most notable television version was released in 1973 and starred Sebastian Cabot as Kris, Jane Alexander as Mrs. Walker, and David Hartman as the lawyer boyfriend, with a lot of smaller roles being filled by 1970s TV mainstays such as Tom Bosley playing the judge. There was a theatrically-released remake in 1994 written by Creator/JohnHughes. Richard Attenborough was cast as Kris Kringle, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker, and Creator/MaraWilson as Susan.

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Due to the success of the 1947 original, the story has been adapted three times for television and once as a Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] (''Here's Love''). The most notable television version was released in 1973 and starred Sebastian Cabot as Kris, Jane Alexander as Mrs. Walker, and David Hartman as the lawyer boyfriend, with a lot of smaller roles being filled by 1970s TV mainstays such as Tom Bosley playing the judge. There was a theatrically-released remake in 1994 written by Creator/JohnHughes. Richard Attenborough was cast as Kris Kringle, Elizabeth Perkins as Dorey Walker, and Creator/MaraWilson as Susan.
Susan, and Dylan [=McDermott=] as the lawyer boyfriend.
30th Apr '16 5:41:12 AM Mdumas43073
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