History Film / MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet

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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30th Apr '16 5:40:28 AM Mdumas43073
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30th Apr '16 5:37:57 AM Mdumas43073
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28th Dec '15 11:22:08 PM Random888
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* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: All versions are on the side of Romanticism, of course. In particular, Susan and Mrs. Walker always start off on Team Enlightenment before their CharacterDevelopment converts them to Team Romanticism.
28th Dec '15 10:53:02 PM Random888
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** In 1994, the character of Sawyer is dropped altogether. Instead, Kris strikes Tony Falacchi, who was the drunken Santa at the beginning of the film. Wanting revenge against Kris for taking his job, Tony conspires with the agents of a rival store to get Kris fired. He baits Kris into attacking him by accusing him of being a pedophile.

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** In 1994, the character of Sawyer is dropped altogether. Instead, Kris strikes Tony Falacchi, who was the drunken Santa at the beginning of the film. Wanting revenge against Kris for taking his job, Tony conspires with the agents of a rival store to get Kris fired. rid of Kris. He baits Kris into attacking him by accusing him of being a pedophile.pedophile (yes, really).
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