Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Miracle on 34th Street.

criterion logoHired by Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square to be its department store Santa, a jolly, white-whiskered man calling himself Kris Kringle soon has everyone in the Christmas spirit, all except his no-nonsense boss Doris Walker and her skeptical daughter Susan. Kris proves himself a valuable asset to Macy’s until the store psychologist has the kind old man committed to a mental hospital and he becomes the subject of a public trial. With his lawyer Fred Gailey at his side, Kris sets out to prove himself to be the one true Santa Claus, defending himself against Scrooges and skeptics alike. Nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and a winner for Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Edmund Gwenn’s performance as Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street was a summertime hit for 1947 and holiday classic ever after.

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ORDER IN THE COURT! – The Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon

courtroom-banner-trialCompliments of Theresa at Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch and Lesley at Second Sight Cinema, “Order in the Court! – The Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon” is scheduled to be heard with opening arguments on June 10 and closing statements by June 13, 2016.  Testimony will be given by a wide variety of experts speaking on films from the ambivalent silent and early sound eras, the varied works of the 1930s-1950s, the golden age of heroic legal cinema from the 1950s-1960s, and the conflicted portrayals from the 1970s and on.  Many MMC! favourites are already scheduled for discussion, including Fury (Fritz Lang, 1936), The Winslow Boy (Anthony Asquith, 1948), Adam’s Rib (George Cukor, 1949), Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1957), Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer, 1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962), The Verdict (Sidney Lumet, 1982), My Cousin Vinny (Jonathan Lynn, 1992), and Criterion Collection titles like 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957), Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger, 1959), and Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961).

MMC! will celebrate George Seaton’s wonderful Miracle on 34th Street (1947), a Christmas movie that actually wasn’t and a deceptively insightful work on the relationship between legal-thinking and justice-making.  Big thanks to Theresa for the invitation!