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The Miracle On 34Th Street

3.7 out of 5 stars 308 customer reviews

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In this charming 1955 TV adaptation of the 1947 film classic, a kindly old gentleman (Thomas Mitchell) working as a Macy's department store Santa causes a commotion when he claims to be the real St. Nick. Forced to prove his sanity, he is taken to court where he must convince the judge and his friends that he actually is Santa Claus. The faith of one skeptical little girl (Sandy Descher) and a Christmas miracle are the keys to his true identity

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  • Actors: Thomas Mitchell, Sandy Descher, Teresa Wright, Whit Bissell, Hans Conried
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson, Ed Bernoudy
  • Writers: Valentine Davies, George Seaton, John Monks Jr
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Osiris Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038YX26O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First, this is not a movie, it is an hour long 1950's TV production that stars Thomas Mitchel in the role of the Jolly old Elf. I found this version to be quite enjoyable, not as good as the Edmond Gwenn version, no one plays Santa like Gwenn, but this was a neat little trip back in time when TV put on their own abbreviated version of classic movies. Lux Radio Theater in the days of radio put on their radio audio version of classic movies and in the '50's when TV came along Lux continued in the new medium with hour long versions made for TV of movies. This is vintage '50's TV at it's most fun, and is a real blast from the past. Quite nice and well worth a look as an alternative to the movie that you've seen 100 times.
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At first, when I saw that Amazon had "THE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (2005)" (now it says 2006) listed for the title of this item, I thought it was a 2005 adaptation. Even when I saw that it was in black and white, I was, at first, thinking that they had taken the original 1947 movie and done voiceovers and actor changes for some parts.

This is not a 2006 adaptation of the 1947 movie, but it is a delightful 1955 adaptation of the 1947 movie that made it onto television. Amazon needs to put the proper year next to the title,

THE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1955)

This is the "Hour of Stars" show for December 14, 1955.

In many ways, it seems more logical than the 1947 movie it is adapting. It never seemed logical to me that Doris would mail Susan's letter to the courthouse as she did in the 1947 movie. It makes more sense that she would be someone to think to call the post office and give them the idea about delivering all the mail.

I didn't know this version even existed until I saw it in the "Prime Eligible" section. I'm glad I watched it, and I will watch it again, along with the other versions that I can get ahold of each season.

If I were to compare this version to the 1947 version, I'm not sure which one I'd give 5.0 starts to, and which one I'd give 4.9 stars to. But both numbers round to 5.

I highly recommend both 1947 and 1955 versions.

And yes, I love every other version of "Miracle on 34th Street" that I have seen, even the ones that don't mention Macy's.

Try it, I bet you love it.

John
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What an interesting find! I didn't know this version existed, and it seems that for many decades nobody else did either. It is a snappy 46 minute version made for television in the 1950s, closely modeled on the 1947 movie. It was never intended to be preserved beyond that one showing. For such a fleeting almost throwaway product, I am very impressed with the care taken with its production and the excellent casting. I'm not saying it is "better" than full length movie versions of the story, but it is a well-done TV version. I can't really call it an adaptation as it so closely copies the film version. I suppose television at this time was still finding its own place is the entertainment industry and experimenting with its relationship to feature films. How great that the Library of Congress unearthed the only copy of this production and we're able to see it after so long lost.
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A good knock-off of the REAL 1947 "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) this version still simply cannot measure up to the incredible power of the original. Natalie Wood, who is NOT in this one, just kills it in the original. If you can't afford to pay for the real one, this one will do until you can. This is made for television.
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Nice black and white 1955 TV adaptation of the classic film, worth watching. Competent cast with Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright and Thomas Mitchell as Kris Kringle. Also with Ray Collins (Lieutenant Tragg!) as the judge, Hans Conreid and the old stalwarts Herb Vigran and Maudie Prickett. As of this writing, Amazon text is incorrect, listing cast from another version of the story.
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wow, yet again, I didn't get past the beginning. It looked like a made for TV movie back in the 50s. Didn't even know that had such things back then. Was It a good film? ehhh. I'll never know and don't care. Why can' the original 40s version be on here, or at least an up to date 2010 or more.
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Have dvds of most of the versions thru the years of this one. I finally got to watch on Prime.....does have additional story line in this original version. I like the John Payne version best and I also have the Dylan McDermott version which is cute but is a much more modern version, but cute.
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When I was a child ,early 1980's (Before Cable TV, VCR's and streaming) I remember one afternoon sitting down with my father who looked in the TV guide and seen Miracle On 34Th Street was going to be on, we sat down turned on the TV and guess what, it was this version. I remember my father say something about being disappointed. At some point into the movie the TV station scrolled a message along the bottom of the screen, that said something like this. "Fore those of you expecting the 1947 version of Miracle On 34Th Street we apologize, we will play the original version next week at the same time." Apparently enough people called the TV station to complain that they felt the need to say something.

With that said, this version sucks, stick with the original.
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