The original 1947 version of this Valentine Davies story follows the misadventures of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) as he gets a job playing Santa Claus at Macy's department store in New York City. Natalie Wood is the little girl who tells him she doesn't believe in Santa, and Maureen O'Hara and John Payne are the couple who help Kris through a trial in which he must prove he's the jolly fellow from the North Pole. A sweet movie and perennial Christmas favorite, this is one of those movies that gets under your skin and must be revisited every so often. --Tom Keogh
I hestitate to buy this dvd because I bought the vhs thinking i was getting the original theatrical release. I didn't. I got the version I see on TNT every Thanksgiving. The version that is cut up from years past. People always write that the part they love is when Maureen O'Hara and John Payne find Kris's cane by the fire place in the house for sale. For me the part that makes the movie is always cut. Tommy Mera is just done with his testimony in court and asks Kris on his way out of court for an offical football helmut and Kris says OK. After the happy resolution of the trail Maureen O'Hara ask Kris to dinner party, but Kris says it is Christmas Eve. The next scene should be the Mera house Christmas morning and Tommy getting his football helmut and mom and dad saying I didn't get it while Tommy is wearing this over sized football helmut. Until I see a completely restored version I will not buy the dvd.
This movie is one of the greatest Christmas stories ever! This was so entertaining that I was laughing for weeks. It may seem like a fairy tale, but it teaches good morals. Who says Santa Claus is not real? I recommend for everyone to watch this movie at Christmas time or any other time of the year. The newer version of the movie is also good, but the two are quite different. The other version makes some good points, but I like the part of this movie about the postal service.
This is the original classic version, which is heads over in quality and acting than the remake from the 90's? Natalie Wood as a little girl, Maureen O'Hara, a classic! actress who is elegant, and all the other actors make this an excellent movie.
This is by far my favourite Christmas story ("modern" Christmas, anyway.) Ed Gwenn is perfect as the genuine Santa - genuinely interested in the children and making Christmas special for everyone he meets - adults included. Natalie Wood is brilliant as the "worldly wise" daughter of the somewhat hardened single mother and dept. store executive. Kris is even able to convert her after much hard work and hardship on his own account. The ending is the best, and I won't spoil it for you. Watch it yourself! DO NOT bother with the modern remake - this is the genuine article!